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Location South Africa
Central coordinates 31o 5.00' East  29o 38.00' South
IBA criteria A4ii
Area 350 ha
Altitude 0 - 150m
Year of IBA assessment 2006

BirdLife South Africa

Summary A very large roost of Barn Swallow (of up to 3 million birds) was present here in the 2000s.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica winter  2004-2006  1,000,000-3,000,000 individuals  medium  A4ii  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2006 very high not assessed negligible
Good - based on reliable and complete / representative data

Human intrusions and disturbance work and other activities likely in short term (within 4 years) whole area/population (>90%) very rapid to severe deterioration very high
Invasive and other problematic species and genes introduced genetic material happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Transportation and service corridors flight paths happening now some of area/population (10-49%) no or imperceptible deterioration low

Little/none of site covered (<10%)  No management planning has taken place  Some limited conservation initiatives are in place  negligible 

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: La Mercy and Mount Moreland. Downloaded from on 03/05/2015

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