Mag­pies

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Rather than threat­en­ing mur­der, folk wor­ried about mag­gies de­fend­ing their nests should deal with the prob­lem. As birds go, they’re pretty bright, and al­ways at­tack from be­hind. The trick is to cre­ate some sort of face to wear on the back of your head. A disk of card­board with a face drawn on it pinned to your hat con­fuses the at­tacker, which will cir­cle around try­ing to find your back. Cy­clists may opt to at­tach a few long, strong cable ties to their hel­met, form­ing pro­tec­tive ‘spikes’. The ig­no­rant will think you’re a nitwit but I would say ‘‘Good on ya, mate!’’

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