Local wildlife

Injured wildlife

If you find a sick, injured or orphaned native animal in need of rescue, rehabilitation and release contact Wires Murray River or your local vet.


As with all Australian native animals, snakes are protected in New South Wales and cannot lawfully be killed or taken from the wild and held in captivity.

What to do if you have a snake at your home or work?

  • note the location of the snake, try to monitor its whereabouts or course only if safe and ensure that the area is isolated until the snake is removed
  • ensure that all family, staff or pets are removed from immediate area or evacuate the room until snake is removed
  • DO NOT approach, attack or otherwise provoke the snake.  REMEMBER - IF PROVOKED IT MAY STRIKE
  • contact a professional snake handler to remove the creature or where possible wait for the snake to move off and away from your property.

Further information about snakes and snake catchers can be obtained from NSW Office of Environment & Heritage .

Spring and magpies arrive together

With their intense devotion to protecting their nests and young, magpies are often feared during spring. However, living in harmony with magpies can be easily achieved during this special season. You just need to take some simple precautions.

Not disturbing the bird is key, consider taking a temporary alternate route when walking or riding. Your safety is priority so wear a wide brim hat and sunglasses while walking, wear a helmet, sunglasses and fit a bike flag to your bike while riding.

Magpies are protected throughout NSW by the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016, and it is against the law to kill the birds, collect their eggs, or harm their young. If you feel a magpie is a serious menace, contact us or the nearest National Parks and Wildlife office.

Further information can be obtained from NSW Office of Environment & Heritage .

Related information

If you know of a problematic magpie in your area please feel free to print off the attached posters and stick them up in your area. In addition you can also add the location to the Magpie Swooping Map 

Magpie Swooping posters