If you find a sick, injured or orphaned native animal in need of rescue, rehabilitation and release contact Dutch Thunder Wildlife Shelter or Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Service (WIRES).
As with all Australian native animals, snakes are protected in New South Wales and cannot lawfully be killed or taken from the wild and held in captivity. To help with the removal of a snake from a dangerous area contact Hiss Off Snake Removal.
What to do if you have a snake at your home or work?
- ensure that all family, staff or pets are removed from immediate area or evacuate the room. Most snakes will move on if unprovoked.
- DO NOT approach, attack or otherwise provoke the snake. REMEMBER - IF PROVOKED IT MAY STRIKE.
Further information about snakes and snake catchers can be obtained from NSW Office of Environment & Heritage.
With their intense devotion to protecting their nests and young, magpies are often feared during spring. However, living in harmony with magpies can be easily achieved during this special season.
You just need to take some simple precautions.
Not disturbing the bird is key, so consider taking a temporary alternate route when walking or riding. Your safety is priority, so you may like to consider wearing a wide brim hat and sunglasses while walking, wear a helmet, sunglasses or even fit a bike flag to your bike while riding.
Magpies are protected throughout NSW by the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016, and it is against the law to kill the birds, collect their eggs, or harm their young.
Further information can be obtained from NSW Office of Environment & Heritage.
If you know of a problematic magpie in your area you can add the location to the Magpie Swooping Map here