Published on 22 August 2023
Magpies are native birds protected by the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016. This makes it against the law to kill the birds, collect their eggs, or harm their young.
Berrigan Shire Council has no powers to authorise or carry out the destruction of magpies.
For most of the year magpies are not aggressive, but for four to six weeks during nesting they will often defend their territory vigorously. People walking past may be seen as 'invaders' of the territory, prompting the magpies to fly low and fast over the person, clacking their beaks as they pass overhead.
The experience of a magpie attack can be quite alarming.
If a magpie swoops at you:
Residents can track and report swooping magpies in the local area using this link Magpie Alert.
If you feel a magpie is a risk to public safety that cannot be adequately mitigated by these measure you should report the matter to the nearest National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) office.
For further information on dealing with Magpies during the breeding season visit the NSW Environment and Heritage website.