You can minimise the risk of being swooped by:
■ Getting to know where the birds are breeding in your area and try to avoid them;
■ Being aware that open areas with tall trees are likely sites to encounter the birds;
■ Using an umbrella, wearing a hat and sunglasses;
■ Keeping an eye on them, as the birds are less likely to swoop while you are watching them;
■ If you are riding a bike, get off and walk through hot spots; ■ If you are riding a bike, attach cable ties to your helmet;
■ Don’t fight back and never harass or provoke magpies as this may lead to more aggressive behaviour;
■ If the area is unavoidable, ensure you escort young children through any hot spots or walk in groups.