Southport Roost

The Southport Barn Swallow Roost is situated approximately 300m from the beach at the mouth of the Umhlangankulu River. During the second half of the 2002/2003 season it became a very popular spot for the swallow watchers in the region and often good numbers of people could be seen just before sunset armed with binoculars or cameras to witness the spectacle of an estimated 30 000 to 50 000 swallows coming into roost. Often numerous raptors were seen to be in attendance including Bathawk, Lanner Falcon, Eurasian Hobby, Peregrine Falcon and African Goshawk.

 

Unfortunately when the swallows arrived back for the 2003/2004 season a development of 26 town house units were being built, of which 4 units were within 50m of the reeds that were the main section of the roost. The swallows moved away from the roost most likely due to the disturbance so close to their roosting spot. During this short time 197 Barn Swallows were ringed with no recaptures to date.

 

During the 2010/2011 Swallow season an increasing number of swallows were using the roost again and hopefully they will continue to use the roost in the years to come.

 

An ideal spot to view the swallows, and for those visitors looking for good quality accommodation is the Dieu Donne River Lodge. Visit their website for more details on accomodation www.dieudonnee.co.za