The world of pollinators
Our bees, native bees and our imported European honey bees head the list of pollinators as the most well known. We see these beneficial insects foraging in our flower gardens and our bushlands, making their homes in tree hollows, reeds and even in the old brick mortar of our house walls. One in every three mouthfuls of food the world eats is dependent on pollination by honey bees, native bees, wasps, many other beneficial insects and bats!
All our pollinators are under threat now and in the face of continuing destruction and degradation of their habitat they need our help.
There is a saying amongst small scale beekeepers (both keepers of native and European honey bees):
"A few hives in the hands of many"
For those of us with backyards and roof tops, back paddocks and community gardens there is great scope to bring pollinators into our spaces, provide them with safe habitat, flowers to forage on, fresh water and some shady paces for protection against summer sun. Native bee boxes, honey bee hives of all shapes, creatively constructed native bee motels and boxes for bats are all readily available as are the resources and teachers to help you on your way. Explore our web pages to learn more about our pollinators and how to house them.