Need some advise



We have a really aggressive magpie near our house and it swoops real bad. I have tried everything that I have seen on this site but nothing has stopped it swooping us. I have got quite a large phobia of magpies, spring or not, and I really need something to stop it or I won’t be able to enjoy riding. If anyone has anything, absolutely anything, that could help, can you please write it in the comments.

Thanks, cha cha

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Lea-Anne Martin - September 18th, 2020

you need to be friends with your local tribe. It may be too late for this season, but you can throw food (NOT MINCE OR BREAD), and they will recognise your face as part of the local scene.

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terry K - September 15th, 2020

I use one of those rubbery dress up masks from the 2dollar shops attached to back of helmet ; weird ,but works. Currently, The Joker. If the magpie is very vocal, I realise that this is as bad or worse than an actual strike and takes much courage to overcome ; try earbuds to block alarm noise while riding.

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Graham L - September 14th, 2020


There is no way to stop magpies when they are badly swoopy. Just try to go a different way. I've tried feeding them but it doesn't work. Just plan out a different route and check it here to see if it's okay.


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John Smith - September 5th, 2020

You could always report it to ( copy and paste this link and you can report the magpie you get problems with, the council should place signs and monitor the magpie to access how dangerous it is.

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