Heads up….or down rather, our next swooping season is already tipped to be worse.

An ANU expert is predicting an increase in swooping activity across the Canberra region this coming Spring.

Associate Professor Paul Cooper said an increase in insect numbers, notably grasshoppers and crickets, across the region at the moment is helping to provide the perfect snack for the local feathered wildlife.

“There’s so many of them so it makes it easy for them to feed.”

“That may enhance their egg production as well because there are nutrients in grasshoppers that would otherwise be hard to find.”

According to swooping report tracker Magpie Alert last spring was already our worst season since their records began in 2013.

More than 1,100 swooping incidents were reported in the Territory last year.


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