Mike Hill, Senior Conservation Ranger at Center Parcs Sherwood Forest is used to looking out for nature, but this isn’t limited to his workplace in the forest. Mike has recently adopted a young Magpie from the bottom of his neighbour’s garden, after the neighbour was concerned no parents had come back to rescue or care for the fledgling.
Hearing his neighbour’s concern, Mike intervened to save the bird and took it into his care. At just one week old the little bird needed help feeding, so Mike spent that evening dropping water into the chick’s mouth, hoping it might drink. The next day the chick was drinking down water and mouthfuls of mealworms. Since then, the ranger has brought the chick, affectionately named Charlie, into work at Sherwood Forest. Charlie would perch on Mike’s shoulder, hopping, stretching his wings, gently pecking Mike’s beard.
Mike, who works with a team of ten rangers at the Nottinghamshire-based Center Parcs knows that whilst this is a very special bond, this relationship will be short-lived. He says:
“When he’s ready to go, he’ll go and that is what we wanted for him. To see him now so active and happy, compared with how he was, so weak at the end of someone’s garden, is wonderful and it only goes to show that just a bit of kindness to nature, goes a very long way.”
Center Parcs Sherwood Forest was the first Center Parcs location to open in the UK more than 30 years ago, now there are five across the UK. Each forest is a popular short break destination for families throughout the year and is home to thousands of native species of flora and fauna. A team of rangers work on enhancing habitats and recording species all year round, to make the forest a perfect place for creatures great and small, to thrive.
Notes to Editors
- Center Parcs UK has been a separate company to Center Parcs Europe since 2001; the two organisations only share a brand name and the core concept of family short breaks in the forest.
- Center Parcs UK has five villages across the UK; Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire, Elveden Forest in Suffolk, Longleat Forest in Wiltshire, Whinfell Forest in Cumbria and Woburn Forest in Bedfordshire. Each village is nestled within 350-400 acres of woodland with a variety of activities to choose from, restaurants and cafes. There is also a Subtropical Swimming Paradise and award-winning spa called Aqua Sana.
- Center Parcs UK offers weekend, (Friday to Monday) or midweek (Monday to Friday) breaks and welcomes more than 2.2 million guests each year, with 96% of guests expressing an intention to return. Visit England recently awarded the company five stars for all sites (scoring each village between 90% and 98%), making comments about the friendly nature and efficiency of the staff and the quality and cleanliness of the facilities.
- As the leader in the UK short break holiday market, Center Parcs UK achieves average annual occupancy in excess of 97%.