THE last thing someone wants on their daily walk around the block is for it to become a sprint up the street with a magpie overhead.
Mummy magpies are out in full force protecting their nests and a map has been developed to help locals avoid any heart-racing encounters.
Local council candidate Ben Fry created magpiemap.com.au after his nephew was swooped by a magpie at the local park.
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The incident triggered the idea for Mr Fry and he is encouraging parents to use the map to plan their outings around the location of magpie nests.
"Essentially, they're not out to attack us or they're not out to be aggressive, they're simply being protective," he said.
"It's not about mapping them so people can go and look at them. It's the opposite; it's about circumnavigating them.
"Users can have a look at the website at magpiemap.com.au and see where all the maggies are."
The hazardous areas are mapped by locals who have an encounter with a swooping magpie.
The magpie is given a name, a description of the incident is listed and the location is added, bringing up a marker on the map with an option to upload a photo of the tree.
Parents can then choose whether to take their children to different parks or just educate them on staying away from the nests.
"Magpies have great memories and will recognise that you're not a threat after a number of visits," Mr Fry said.
"Everybody's probably got a story where they've had an instance of feeding a magpie and then it becoming quite friendly, but I wouldn't advise going into parkland and down to playgrounds and feeding magpies."
Mr Fry said the best way to handle a magpie encounter is to just keep walking, even though it's hard not to run, and show the magpie you are not going to harm it.
The website also has a sign linked that locals can print out and attach to a tree or a fence near the nest to further warn people passing by.
The main message is for parents to educate their children on how to handle magpie swooping season and remember that humans are in their territory and they are just being protective.
"The season only goes for about a month anyway where they're like this - have this swooping behaviour; it will be gone before we know it," Mr Fry said.