YOU might expect to see them them during a country stroll…but not on a visit to a busy Sheffield shopping mall!
For surely the most unexpected visitors to Crystal Peaks shopping centre this summer are a family of kestrels who have taken up residence in a Crystal Peaks Retail Park nesting box.
What shoppers might not realise is that there are nesting boxes scattered throughout the Crystal Peaks site, along with insect boxes and an extremely active colony of bee hives on the shopping centre roof.
“We were delighted to see that one of our nesting boxes has become a home for this family of kestrels,” said centre manager Lee Greenwood.
“We also have swift nest-boxes and speakers near those boxes that actually play swift calls during early summer, enticing the swifts to nest.”
Lee added that for many years now the centre had been working hard to encourage a greater diversity of wildlife throughout the site.
The environmental campaign goes hand in hand with the Crystal Peaks policy of sustainability, based around the concept of r eduction, reuse, and recycling.
“Over the last decade, despite having more stores and visitors than ever before, we have made significant steps to reduce our carbon footprint, often using the latest technology to ensure we are at the forefront of our industry,” Lee explained.