Council urges community to stay safe during magpie breeding season


3 September 2017

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The magpie breeding season is well underway and Gladstone Regional Council is urging residents to take care as nesting birds are out in force.

During the breeding season, July to November, residents may encounter swooping magpies within the nest defence zone.

Gladstone Region Mayor Matt Burnett encouraged residents to contact Council if they experience a swooping incident. "Identifying the areas in which problem magpies exist enables Council to erect signage to warn other residents of the bird," Councillor Burnett said. "Residents can stay safe and minimise risks by following a few simple steps.

"If possible find an alternative route. If you must go through the birds’ defensive zone, try walking or travelling in a group; wear a broad brimmed hat and sunglasses or use an umbrella; cyclists should dismount their bikes and walk,” Cr Burnett said.

People are also urged not to fight back because throwing sticks or stones will make the bird more aggressive.

Residents can familiarise themselves with Council’s new Magpie Swooping Hotspots information online at

It is a serious offense to interfere with or relocate a magpie, unless authorised, as the animal is a native Australian bird protected under State Wildlife Legislation Residents can lodge a swooping magpie complaint on Council-controlled land via Council's Parks and Environment Division on 4970 0700 or via Council’s website.

Staff will investigate the situation and erect signage if needed. For further information download Council's Living with Wildlife - Magpie factsheet at

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