The return of the Barn Swallows event 2007
Hundreds of people armed with sun downers and picnic fare, flocked to Mount Moreland on Sunday, for the official welcome back to the millions of
Barn Swallows which roost in the Lake Victoria reedbed.
A new information board was unveiled as was the collaboration to protect the Barn Swallows between the Mount
Moreland Conservancy, the Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA), Tongaat Hulett, Birdlife SA and the Endangered
Mount Moreland Conservancy, Angie Wilken said the partnership heralded a new era for the Barn Swallows.
“ACSA is investing a vast amount of money in a state-of-the-art radar detection unit especially designed for the
Barn Swallows, a first of its kind for South Africa, this will monitor and record Barn Swallow flight patterns,
numbers and roosting times.
“It’s the start of a positive partnership and I look forward to Fostering the relationship.: said Colin Naidoo,
ACSA’s Communications, Brand Management and Public Relations.
Mount Moreland Conservancy, Hilary Vickers said it was marvelous to see so many people turn out for the
“This event and the great response are thanks to the three main people who have worked tirelessly” said local
resident Mel Wilkinson.
“ On behalf of the Mount Moreland residents I want to sincerely acknowledge and thank Ted and Hilary Vickers and
As The sun slowly set, another glass of wine was poured, another snack enjoyed, and then suddenly, one or two Barn
Swallows became 30 or 40 and then they grew in number to millions.
Against the backdrop of the setting sun, the silver screen sky was filled with masses upon masses of swooping Barn
Swallows, and the chatter died down as people focused their binoculars in awe.
No wonder His Royal Highness, Prince Charles, has asked for a video of the event to be sent to the Royal Society of
the Protection of Birds (RSPB), according to Chairman of Birdlife SA Peter Sullivan.