Barn Swallow Site Opening 2006
Despite the inclement weather more than 500 people gathered at
Mount Moreland to officially open the Lake Victoria Barn Swallow Viewing
Site on 12 November 2006
The site was opened by Mount Moreland Conservancy chairperson Hilary
Vickers and vice chairperson Angie Wilken.
Brett and Melanie Wilkinson had the honor of unveiling the new
indemnity sign. Official christening pic on right , Sally Harris, Roy Cowgill and Angie Wilken. The day also marked
the first visit of the swallows for the year and more than a million Barn Swallows graced the occasion.
Founder Conservancy member Ted Vickers has been keeping a log of the Barn Swallows
From as far back as the 1970’s the Barn Swallows have been recognized and noted for the mass evening displays
at Mount Moreland but it was through local residents and the formation of the Lake Victoria Conservancy that
the Barn Swallows were
drawn into the spotlight.
In the 1990’s the Mount Moreland Conservancy began an
annual event called ‘The return of the swallows’ and over many years of trial and error this event became
more recognized and supported.
Founder member and chairperson of the Mount
Moreland Conservancy Angie Wilken had a vision to develop a formal Barn Swallow viewing site at Mount
Moreland. A plan was designed and formulated and presented to Tongaat Hulett, the land owners of the Lake