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August 08, 2012 02:00 ET

Center Parcs Sherwood Forest Works to Conserve Britain's Woodland Birds

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Aug. 8, 2012) - Bird watching, nature walks and various conservation-related activities, including bird-box building, have proved popular in all of the Center Parcs villages, including Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire.

Various steps have been taken here recently to provide and nurture habitats suitable for several rare and cherished species of bird:

  • 50 tonnes of Norfolk Reed has been planted in selected waterways in the area. Rangers are hoping this will attract Reed Warblers and Sedge Warblers within 2 years.
  • If the reed beds evolve and expand successfully, it is hoped that other highly treasured species may nest, including Bearded Tits and Bitterns.
  • The planting of orchards, consisting of native fruit trees, Apple, Cherry and Plum, has been carried out to provide habitats for Bullfinches and Thrushes.
  • Hedgerows have been planted to try and replicate this country's native and ancient hedgerows - so many of which have disappeared though urban expansion. This is to attract species such as the Linnet, Yellow Hammer and Bullfinch.
  • The corner of the Golf Driving Range has been used to sow a flower meadow, another habitat that will help to feed and attract the aforementioned non-reed-bed species.

Center Parcs has continually supported animal conservation and protection. The hard work undertaken in developing suitable habitats like these will help to encourage more of these precious birds to settle and remain in the Sherwood Forest area.

In response to customer enthusiasm and online discussions, the Center Parcs' team of rangers has designed a bird spotting infographic detailing the various species that can be seen at Sherwood Forest. It contains information on their appearance, song and diet and even documents several scarce and much treasured birds, which can be found there.

About Center Parcs

Center Parcs was the first organisation to be awarded The Wildlife Trust's Biodiversity Benchmark for all its sites in 2007 and has achieved this standard year after year. Following a rigorous audits, the Biodiversity Benchmark was presented to Center Parcs in recognition for its continual efforts to protect and enhance the natural environment at its four UK holiday villages across the UK.

Center Parcs was also awarded the Haymarket Green Business Award for Biodiversity Protection in 2009. The Biodiversity Protection category measured company leadership in safeguarding and enhancing habitats and species with reference to the managing, monitoring and executing of biodiversity protection across all sites.

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