Swooping season starts
SOMERSET residents are reminded to be aware of nesting native birds during spring.
Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann said swooping season had started for natives like magpies, butcherbirds, peewees and noisy miners.
“They are known to be defensive and swoop people who come too close to their nesting areas,” he said.
“These native birds are protected species under the Nature Conservation Act 1992 and Somerset Regional Council has warning signs in known nesting areas to alert residents and visitors.
“The best way to protect yourself from magpies is to stay away from areas where birds nest during breeding season and do not interfere, harass or provoke the birds, touch their young or their nest.”
The magpie is a small to medium-sized bird that belongs to the crow family. There are 15 species of magpie that can be found in Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia.