It's that time of year again!

​As the ‘swooping season’ begins, residents are urged to stay alert during the coming months and avoid areas where magpies are nesting.

Environmental Portfolio Councillor Rick Vela said swooping is normal defensive behaviour during the breeding season.

“We encourage residents to take the right precautions to keep themselves safe from swooping magpies, as incidents can occur anytime from July to December,” Cr Vela said.​

There are a number of safety measures one can take to avoid harm, including: 

  • Protecting your head and eyes,
  • Wearing a hat and sunglasses,
  • Carrying an open umbrella,
  • Walking your bicycle,
  • Don’t run,
  • Don’t provoke or attack,
  • Leaving quickly, and/or
  • Trying a different route.
For more information about how to stay safe from swooping magpies, visit the Department of Environment and Science website at www.ehp.qld.gov.au ​
Page reviewed: 27 Sep 2018 11:45am