How to get rid of magpies
Magpies are very difficult to deter, according to the RSPB, who noted that “they are a dominant and prominent species”.
They are also protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981, which means there are limitations to the control methods which can be used on this ominous creature.
Luckily, there are still plenty of perfectly legal ways to keep them out of your garden space.
Use reflective objects
While magpies are known for their love of shiny objects used to fill their spring nests, reflective surfaces are less desirable to this black and white bird.
The RSPB recommended using half-full plastic bottles or CDs hung up in trees to scare the predators away.
Magpies don’t like the way light reflects from the surface, and are more likely to give your garden a miss on their hunt for food or a new nest.