Friday 24th January 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Plugged at the Pool
Friday 24th January 3:00pm - 9:00pm
Magpies are protected throughout New South Wales, and it is against the law to kill the birds, collect their eggs, or harm their young.
In the vast majority of cases the swooping is simply bluff, however sometimes people can receive minor head injuries as a result of swooping magpies.
The protective behaviour lasts only a few weeks. For the rest of the year the magpie is peaceful and valuable as an insect eater, renowned for its pleasant warbling.
There are a few precautions people can take during the period when Magpies are actively protecting their territory (normally August to October each year):
Avoid the swooping area by taking an alternative route
Heed warning signs in magpie swooping hot spots and avoid these areas where possible.