Magpies swooping into Spring: Tips for staying safe in SJ

Published on Friday, 25 August 2023 at 8:49:44 AM

Magpie swooping season is here! While these iconic creatures are generally peaceful for most of the year, a small percentage (only 10% of male magpies) can become aggressive during the breeding season between July and December.

Take extra care when outdoors in magpie nesting areas. If you are walking or cycling, wear protective headwear and sunglasses and stay calm. Walk away, don’t run. Keep an eye on them, magpies usually swoop from behind, so be aware of your surroundings. When magpies swoop, they beat their wings, clack their beaks and can peck or scratch.

If you get swooped in one of the Shire's public recreational spaces, you may notify us on 9526 1111 so we can install signage to warn others about magpie activity in that area.

The best tips include avoiding nesting sites, protecting your face, and paying close attention to their distinctive calls, which can serve as an early warning system.

For more information, contact our team on 9526 1111.

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