Magpie Swooping at All Ages Playground

Published on Wednesday, 28 September 2022 at 10:03:32 AM

Please be aware that there is a magpie swooping at the Katanning All Ages Playground near the flying fox.

August to November is nesting season for magpies and occasionally male magpies become territorial to protect their young and may swoop if they think the nest or offspring are in danger. If you are swooped by a magpie, stay calm, do not run and avoid looking towards swooping birds.

Magpies are protected under the Wildlife Conservation Act and it is illegal to harm them. The Shire has no jurisdiction in the care, management or relocation of aggressive magpies during the nesting season. The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions - Parks and Wildlife Service  (DPWA) manages native fauna. 

To read more please see: Magpies - Swooping and Safety Issues

The Shire have also been notified about the bees nest by the rock climbing area and have a contractor handling the nest.

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