Native Bee Hotel Launch with Sophie Thomson
Saturday, 7th Jul 2018
10:00am — 12:00pm
St Peters Billabong
City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters is excited to be a part of a global movement to increase and protect native bee populations.
The eight Councils along the River Torrens have joined together to create habitats for native bees in the form of native bee hotels (or bee B‘n’Bs). These structures will be installed throughout the River Torrens Linear Park to form part of a corridor of native bee habitat from the Adelaide Hills to the sea.
Meet at the River Street carpark, located between 21 and 25 River Street, St Peters.
Join us at the St Peters Billabong, along with Sophie Thomson and SA bee expert Dr Katja Hogendoorn, to help make a Native Bee B'n'B and plant species preferred by native bees.
Light refreshments will be available for purchase, however please feel free to bring yourself a picnic lunch to enjoy in the beautiful, natural surroundings.
Please note a professional photographer will be taking photos on the day.
What to bring
Bring your own gloves, trowels.
Dress for the weather (hat/gumboots).
Bring a picnic lunch for after our work is done.
Why native bees are important
Bees pollinate almost 80 per cent of our food – Australian farmers rely heavily on commercial honeybees to pollinate crops. However, for some crops, native bees can be better pollinators, particularly for tomatoes, mangoes and a range of fruits and nuts.
Biodiversity– diversity of pollinators increases the diversity of plant species. This in turn is promotes healthy, resilient ecosystems.
This project is part of the River Torrens Recovery Project which is delivering a variety of works to improve water quality and biodiversity along the River Torrens. This project is sponsored by the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board.
View image gallery of local native bees
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