The City of Perth is encouraging everyone to be aware of swooping magpies during this time, as many may display protective behaviours to guard their young. 

Magpies are a protected native species under the Wildlife Conservation Act, and it is illegal to harm them or remove nests without a permit. 

Here are some tips to help reduce the impact of a swooping magpie while enjoying the great outdoors:

Wear sunglasses and wide-brim hats
Do not provoke magpies as they swoop to protect their young
If riding a bike, dismount through nesting magpie territory
If swooped, stay calm and walk away. Try to avoid running or looking toward the swooping bird

Further information is available through the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.  

To report a swooping incident within the City of Perth, please phone 9461 3333.