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Council supports free trial of anti-swooping tape for BVRT users.

Somerset’s Visitor Information Centres along the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail (BVRT) are stocked with a trial bird deterrent tape ahead of the upcoming magpie breeding season.  

Published: 13th August 2021

Somerset’s Visitor Information Centres along the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail (BVRT) are stocked with a trial bird deterrent tape ahead of the upcoming magpie breeding season.  

BVRT users may obtain the tape for free as a trial to deter magpies and birds during the upcoming breeding season, occurring through August to October.  

Somerset Economic Development and Tourism Committee representative Cr Bob Whalley said, “We’re happy to provide the new holographic tape to BVRT users at our Fernvale, Esk and Toogoolawah visitor information centres to assist with deterring magpies and other birds this season.”

“Early trials have indicated that swooping birds are deterred by the tape tied to cyclist helmets and may not swoop as close. Regardless, BVRT users must appreciate that during the breeding season, magpies will swoop, and they can be persistent. Somerset being in a rural area, there are many magpies in their natural environment, and a deterrent provides a practical solution,” Cr Whalley said.

Should community members experience highly aggressive magpies in Council open spaces, members are encouraged to report the location and supporting information via phone, 5424 4000 or mail@somerset.qld.gov.au.

Council will be requesting people complete a short survey on their BVRT experience in exchange for the bird deterrent tape, which can be tied like ribbon to bike helmets.

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