SPECIALLY designed bird boxes have been installed at the new Center Parcs Woburn Forest complex.
The move on Thursday marked the start of the construction of the leisure buildings and lodge construction at the site.
Center Parcs chief executive, Martin Dalby, was joined by the business’ landscape asset manager, Rich Watson, Woburn Construction director, Don Camilleri and representatives from contractors, Birse Civils, Bowmer & Kirkland and ISG.
Two bird boxes were handcrafted from FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) sourced timber by carpenter, James Archer, while chief executive Martin Dalby, who is himself a keen amateur carpenter, created his own unique bird box.
The boxes, which have been fitted to trees in Woburn Forest, have been designed to resemble the buildings that will feature at Woburn Forest when it opens in spring 2014.
One of the bird boxes, which has been designed to resemble the Subtropical Swimming Paradise, was fitted by Bowmer & Kirkland construction director, Paul Lomas. His company is responsible for building the leisure buildings and facilities at Woburn Forest.
Jonathan Kell, the regional managing director from ISG, the contractor responsible for construction of the complex’s 625 lodges, hung a bird box which had been designed in the shape of one of the woodland lodges that will be built there.
And Mr Dalby hung his own bird box creation inspired by the complete layout design of Woburn Forest.
Each existing Center Parcs forest is about 400 acres in size and is home to thousands of animals, including significant birdlife.
There are around 100 bird boxes at each of the existing Center Parcs locations, which are monitored and maintained by a team of conservation rangers. Woburn Forest – home to 43 separate bird species – will be cared for in the same way.
These species include buzzards, kestrels, owls and the lesser spotted woodpecker.
Construction of the site was put on hold until the end of nesting season to avoid disrupting the resident bird life.
Mr Dalby said: “We are committed to protecting and enhancing the natural environment during the build of Woburn Forest and the fitting of the bird boxes will mark the continuation of our commitment to the care and protection of this forest.
“The start of the leisure building and lodge construction is a true milestone in this project and it is exciting to think that in around 18 month’s time, we will be welcoming our first guests to this new Center Parcs.”
Woburn Forest will be Center Parcs’ fifth UK village and will comprise 625 forest lodges, a 75 bedroom hotel and spa with six associated spa suites and two leisure buildings including indoor sports facilities, Subtropical Swimming Paradise, restaurants and retail outlets.
It will also include outdoor sports and leisure facilities and a lake.
Despite its name the complex is actually based at Warren Wood near Flitwick in Bedfordshire.