A new weapon against swooping magpies

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A new app has been designed to warn pedestrians of where they may be vulnerable to swooping Magpies in the local area.SPRING has arrived and with it protective and vicious magpies.
Nanjing Night Net

Everyone has their own tale of getting swooped but one man decided to do something about it.

A couple of years ago after getting swooped while riding his bike, Jon Clark got home and started searching the internet for information and perhaps somewhere to register the attack.

“I found a number of websites, mostly local government sites warning about magpies,” he said.

“I then came across the odd cycling club website with magpie swoops recorded, but nothing in my area and nothing across Australia.”

Magpie alert was born as a place where anyone across Australia can come and register their swoops to pre-warn others.

Users have reported more than 1500 attacks, with 198 resulting in injuries across Australia so far this year.

“This social website will allow you to track aggressive magpies in your area,” Mr Clark said.

“You can record an attack using Google Maps and warn others in your area.

“We will also publish your advice and experiences.”

Port Pirie and Whyalla have already got a couple of swoopings reported online.

As well as reporting where and how vicious the magpies in your area are, the website also has a collection of articles and stories about being swooped and prevention tips submitted by users.

The website has been given a makeover this year to make it more mobile friendly and with a responsive design.

“We don’t hate the birds we just don’t like them pecking us,” Mr Clark said.

To start reporting your magpie attacks sign up with to the website (magpiealert南京夜网) using Facebook, twitter or google accounts.

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