This season we have seen a massive interest in our national community website, magpiealert.com so here's some further information.
Is simply by recording our magpie swoops on a map we can all help others to avoid the dangerous birds. The website also gathers information on the attack: the position (lat/long), a description, date/time, what activity was taking place and whether an injury resulted.
Well it all started a few of years ago in 2013 after getting swooped whilst out on my bike. I got home and started searching the internet for information on attack prevention and perhaps somewhere I could register the attack.
I found a number of websites, mostly local government sites warning about magpies. I then came across the odd cycling club website with magpie swoops recorded, but nothing in my area and nothing across Australia.
So the idea of www.magpiealert.com was born as a place where anyone across Australia can come and register their swoops to pre-warn others, you can then avoid the more nuisance and aggressive swoopers.
Well I'm Jon Clark, a forty something, cough, husband to Mrs. Clark and father to 14 year old twins.
I've been building commercial websites since '96 - yes websites go back that far back in time kids, albeit they were a bit grey back then with an occasional rainbow stripe!
I'm a bit geeky and passionate about the Internet. I loved designing & building this website and glad to use my technical skills to give something back to our community.
I love cycling, and have done since my first bike from Father Christmas in the mid 70's! I'm a keen runner too, although I mainly do it to help keep up with the kids!
As magpiealert becomes more and more popular then so does the demand for the service along with an increasing running costs.. I fund magpiealert.com myself which is why this year I'm asking for your kind donations to help keep the service running.
I hope you find this website a useful tool to help you avoid the more aggressive magpies in the spring and I'll try and keep the service running for you.