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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Max - September 9th, 2022

I make sure I take my home made Magpie Repellant:

A Ball (tennis or rubber) stuffed into the end of a football sock or plastic bag

When being swooped - Rotate it above / around your head like a helicopter propeller

Looks ridiculous - but it seems to work
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Crawf - September 15th, 2021

I've stuck eyes on my helmet they swoop but don't get too close I think it works
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Gary Clarke - August 23rd, 2021

I feel sorry for you,your not alone. The only thing that really works for me that is is to get of the bike,walk whilst facing the magpie & waving a stick. Magpies still come for me but will not come within say 10 feet. I love a few minutes of my time to get to where I'm going usually to work but it is all worthwhile knowing a magpie will not make contact with me. The most difficult thing is when magpie season first begins as you don't know there around until you are attacked & then your made aware of there presence in the area.
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Frances Manie - November 25th, 2020

Magpies are super smart so you could try giving it some mince, especially now swooping season should be easing. Make sure it sees that it is you leaving the food and this could help. Maybe do a few timss next year in lead up to Sept. may just get yourself a friend for life if it goes well!

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Daniel Radcliffe - October 7th, 2020

Just a quick warning for people that may be taking a leisurely stroll down or around 4 child street belongil beach byron bay the beach walkway.

It’s quite the peculiar case of a magpie that has become a subtropical kind of aggressive after swooping a bag of ketamine from our backyard table early this morning.

Besides him coming back for more ..he has now destroyed four vehicles mirrors & emotionally damaged 2 kids riding this sunday seems overall he’s having a great time

If you don’t want to come face to face with the beachside swoopy king it might be best to stay at home
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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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