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4017 locals urged to stay alert for swooping magpies

18 Aug 2017

Like most Australians, I have some very distinct memories of being swooped by magpies during the spring months.

As we enter September, I want to remind all residents across the 4017 and surrounding suburbs to be aware of swooping magpies and to take the necessary precautions to ensure you stay safe during magpie ‘swooping season’.

Although studies have shown that less than 10 percent of magpies are aggressive towards humans, I want to remind people there are a number of ways to protect yourselves from a swooping magpie.

Broad-brimmed hats and umbrellas are great ways for pedestrians to protect their heads and faces, and cyclists are encouraged to dismount their bikes and walk if they are being swooped.

While a magpie swooping is mostly instinctive, it is important to not “fight back” because it could further aggravate the magpie. Remember, because they are a protected species in Queensland, any interference or unpermitted relocation is prohibited.

If a magpie that is defending its nest becomes aggressive and a risk to human safety, it may be removed after approval from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection.

For more tips on how to stay safe this ‘swooping season’, visit the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection’s website at: www.ehp.qld.gov.au or phone 13 74 68 for advice.