Top ten tips to protect yourself against swooping birds
Know your local swooping hotspots
Keep informed about parks, schoolyards and bike trails in your local area by reading your local newspapers, viewing Victoria’s ‘Magpie Map’ or contacting your local council.
Avoid the area
The best way to protect yourself from a swooping bird is to avoid venturing into their territory.
If you must pass through the area – move quickly – do not run.
Cover your head
Wear a hat or carry a stick or umbrella above your head. Cyclists should wear a helmet, dismount and walk through the area.
Eyes at the back of your head
Birds may be less likely to swoop if they think you are watching them. Draw a pair of ‘eyes’ and attach to the back of hats and helmets.
Do not harass wildlife
Don’t interfere with or throw stones at birds. This gives them added reason to see humans as a threat and may increase swooping behaviour.
Do not destroy nests
This may prompt birds to rebuild their nests, prolonging the swooping behaviour.
Don’t feed swooping birds
This may encourage swooping behaviour.
Travel in a group
If possible, try to travel in a group in areas where there are swooping birds.
Put up warning signs for others who may not be aware that there are swooping birds in the area or ask your council to do so.