HIGH FLYING ISSUE: Magpies are becoming less of a nuisance, and more of a problem. PHOTO: Blainey Woodham/Tweed Daily News
HIGH FLYING ISSUE: Magpies are becoming less of a nuisance, and more of a problem. PHOTO: Blainey Woodham/Tweed Daily News

Magpies pose major problem

IN THE three years Paul and Kelly Chambel have lived at their home in Kensington Grove, they have never seen their resident magpie act as aggressively as this year.

Mrs Chambel and the couple's son have experienced attacks from the bird virtually every time they go into their front yard with the six-year-old sustaining multiple bleedings around his eyes and head from the attacks.

"It has reached the point where we are spending most of our time inside," Mr Chambel said.

"This bird is even attacking on the veranda and coming up under umbrellas and attacking from the ground.

"My job is to protect my family and I am not allowed to harm the bird but I have a son who is now terrified to go outside and has stayed in the house for the two weeks of school holidays.

"What about our safety?

"We have been told DERM can't help and we may have to get someone licensed to remove the bird but we can't afford that."

Mrs Chambel's rare medical condition, similar to MS, means she has trouble navigating her walker and protecting herself from the magpie while spending any time in her yard.

"People think this is a big joke but this is important to us and at this time it has become a dangerous issue," she said.

"Do I have to fall and break something before something can happen and someone will help?"

The Chambels haven't located the nest, with the magpie appearing out of nowhere whenever they enter the yard.

"It's got the point where we dread magpie season," Mrs Chambel said.

Conservation Strategy and Planning Department of Environment and Resource Management general manager Clive Cook said DERM had been made aware of this issue, but had no details of the resident in question or the actual location of the bird.

"If the magpie is nesting on council land, responsibility for the relocation of the bird rests with the Lockyer Valley Regional Council as the landholder," he said.

"If the bird is nesting on the resident's property, they can contact a licensed bird relocator themselves, either by referring to the local Yellow Pages or contacting DERM on 1300 130 372 to be advised of the nearest relocator."


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