Swoop­ing sea­son starts

Gatton Star - - NEWS -

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.

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