City of Wanneroo shares tips for protection against swooping magpies

City of Wanneroo shares tips for protection against swooping magpies

A LOCAL council has shared tips on how to stay safe from swooping magpies this spring.

City of Wanneroo said there were plenty of ways people could protect themselves during magpie breeding season, which usually runs from spring to early summer and generally stops once chicks have left the nest.

“Only a small proportion of magpies swoop on people with the birds often having a preference for certain individuals or types of ‘targets’,” City conservation officers said.

“It is highly recommended that people choose an alternative route to avoid areas known to have nesting magpies.

“If you must enter a magpie nest ‘defence zone’, the chances of being swooped are reduced if you walk as part of a close group.”

Concerns about aggressive magpies can be reported to the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions on 9474 9055 or City of Wanneroo residents can call 9405 5000.

Tips to avoid swooping magpies:

– Wear a wide brimmed hat and sunglasses or shelter under an umbrella to protect your face
– If a magpie swoops while cycling, dismount your bike and walk it past the nesting area
– Wave sticks or umbrellas in the air, or attach brightly coloured zip ties to your helmet to act as a deterrent
– Parents or care givers should ensure that children do not throw rocks or sticks at the birds as this will only exacerbate aggression

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