Swooping season has started

A magpie getting ready to swoop someone. A magpie getting ready to swoop someone.

Magpies can swoop during the spring while they build nests, lay and protect eggs and raise their young.

Not all magpies will swoop but some will as a natural instinct to protect their territory (area around their nest) and their young.

Follow these simple tips to help avoid being swooped this Spring:

  • Walk through the magpies' territory quickly, but don't run
  • Protect your head with an umbrella, hat or helmet and your eyes with glasses
  • Look towards the magpie
  • Attach flags or streamers on a pole to your backpack or bike

Warning signs will be placed in troublesome areas.

To report troublesome areas contact Access Canberra on 13 22 81.