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Magpies, ibis, snakes, bees


Magpies are characteristic of the Australian urban environment. Magpies breed in spring (August - November) which may also result in them swooping people or pets to defend the territory around their nesting site.

Magpies and the Law

Magpies are protected throughout NSW, and it is against the law to kill the birds, collect their eggs, or harm their young.

If you feel a magpie is a serious menace, report it to Council on 4645 4000.

Reduce your chances of being swooped

You can take the following precautions during the period when birds are actively protecting their territory:

  • do not deliberately provoke or harass the birds as this can make them more aggressive
  • walk out of the bird's territory immediately
  • avoid the swooping area by taking an alternative route
  • wear a large, wide brim hat and sunglasses or carry an open umbrella. You can also place eyes on the back of hats and umbrellas which may reduce the likelihood of the birds swooping
  • keep an eye on the bird as this may discourage attacks.

Tips for bike riders

  • If possible, take an alternative route
  • Get off your bike and walk through the bird’s territory
  • Wear a helmet and sunglasses
  • Fit a bike flag to your bike.

Australian White Ibis

In response to community concern, Council has prepared an Australian White Ibis Management Plans for Lake Mandurama, Ambarvale and Eagle Vale Pond, Eagle Vale. The plans aims to manage site-specific impacts associated with Australian White Ibis by providing comprehensive and clear guidelines for on-site management of the species.

Learn more on our Australian White Ibis information page.


Do not go near the snake but from a safe distance monitor its movement so you can advise of its location when assistance arrives. Do not threaten, disturb, annoy or throw anything at the snake.

For details on snake removal please refer to the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage website.


Who can you call to remove bee swarms?

The following members of the Macarthur Beekeepers Association Inc have registered as being available to collect and handle bee swarms.

Swarms of bees are considered to be a group of worker bees with a queen bee who have left a hive to set up a new hive. The club members will only collect swarms that have settled on a tree, fence or the outside wall of a house. Bees that have entered a building and set up residence in a wall cavity or roof will need to be removed by a licensed pest controller.

A call out fee will be applicable to cover the cost, time and travel involved in the collecting of the swarms.

Camden, Campbelltown
Alistair Kilfeather
0421 465 608

Swarm information

The swarm information hotline number is 1900 925 222.

Further details can be found at the swarm information website.

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