Those pesky mag­pies are back

Shepparton News - Country News - - OPINION -

Swoop­ing sea­son is back, so watch out for at­tacks from above.

DELWP’s Greg Chant said the first in­ci­dents of birds swoop­ing in the Hume re­gion had been re­ported.

‘‘We have al­ready had re­ports of plovers, mud­larks and Aus­tralian mag­pies swoop­ing peo­ple in the Alpine ar­eas,’’ he said.

‘‘Be­ing swooped by a ter­ri­to­rial bird is no fun, but this is just nor­mal bird be­hav­iour and, if pos­si­ble, the best re­sponse is to keep away from the area.

‘‘As the weather starts to warm up, birds start breed­ing and we want peo­ple to be aware of swoop­ing birds.’’ ■ To re­port a swoop­ing in­ci­dent by any species of bird on Vic­to­ria’s ‘swoop­ing bird map’, visit:­vi­ron­men­tand-wildlife/wildlife/swoop­ing-birds Lawns are los­ing out to lazy

gar­den­ers Aus­tralia might be a coun­try that prides it­self on its large back­yards, but it turns out we’re lazy gar­den­ers when it comes to ac­tu­ally mow­ing the lawn.

At least that’s what the lat­est sur­vey of more than 1000 peo­ple by Jim’s Mow­ing has re­vealed when they asked peo­ple how of­ten they mow their lawn.

One in five peo­ple mowed their lawn once or twice a month, while 11 per cent were reg­u­lar mow­ers, pulling the Victa out of the shed at least once a week.

And although dubbed ‘the lazy gen­er­a­tion’, mil­len­ni­als are show­ing up their older peers, with one quar­ter mow­ing their lawns once a week.

Yet, as a sign of grow­ing ur­ban­i­sa­tion, more than 31 per cent of re­spon­dents do not have a lawn.

The age break­down of how Aus­tralians mow re­veals some in­ter­est­ing habits.

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