Sick of wearing a helmet on your morning walk because you're not sure exactly where the next black-and-white bomber will be coming from?
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Magpies are a protected species and anyone concerned about overly defensive birds are advised to contact their local council.
Pedestrians are advised to avoid walking in areas where magpies are swooping, but if an alternate route is unavailable it is recommended a hat be worn or an open umbrella be carried as protection.
The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service offers the following measures people can take, and should teach children:
- not provoke the birds
- hold an umbrella or stick above your head to deter swooping
- avoid and hurry past nesting sites
- wear a hat
- if on a bike dismount to avoid falling off and move away quickly control dogs within 100 metres of nests
- warn others about bird territories.