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 little one.
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. 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 and stretching his wings.
Mike, who works with a team of ten rangers at Sherwood Forest 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.”