How can you help our bees this World Bee Day

How can you help our bees this World Bee Day

WE need bees – there’s no getting around it.

One in every three bites we eat are from foods that need to be pollinated.

But bee populations around the world are rapidly declining.

Destruction of their natural habitat, bee diseases and pests, and pesticide use are just some of the reasons why.

And without bees our food security, biodiversity and ecosystems are at risk.

May 20 marks World Bee Day in Australia, and local residents are being encouraged to do their bit to support our bees and other pollinators.

Simple things such as setting up a bee hotel in your garden, mowing your grass in the evening when bees are no longer foraging, stopping use of insecticides and herbicides, or planting a variety of bee-friendly plants, will help our hard-working little pollinators.

For a bee-friendly garden include a range of herbs, flowers/ shrubs, and trees such as:

  • Rosemary
  • Lavender
  • Sweet Alyssum
  • Basil
  • Pineapple sage
  • Daisy Family
  • Mint Family
  • Flowering gum
  • Pincushion Hakea
  • Grevilleas
  • Native Violet

 

For an in-depth planting guide check out Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation of Australia’s book, Bee Friendly: a planting guide for European honeybees and Australian native pollinators.

Download your free copy via agrifutures.com.au/wp-content/uploads/publications/12-014.pdf

Local amateur beekeepers, or anyone interested in learning more about how to support our native bees, can get in touch with the Australian Native Bee Association – Gladstone Branch.

The group, which can assist in relocating native bee hives, has regular meetings, and hosts public workshops and information sessions.

Contact association President Mark Larney on 0490 382 401 or Secretary Ian Anderson on 0458 737 760 to learn more.