November 20 – 27 marks Australian Pollinator week, bringing these usually unnoticed insects to the forefront of peoples’ thoughts, with the goal of supporting and protecting their populations.
With over 75 per cent of flowering plants relying on insect pollinators for reproduction, the decline of their populations is bad news for biodiversity, ecosystems and the security of many of our food sources.
You can help to create pollinator habitat - plant lots of flowering plants, when pruning, bundle hollow stems together for cavity-nesting insects and don’t use insecticides.
Local native plants are likely to be better adapted to the local soil and climate. Most importantly, they provide habitat for beneficial native fauna, including pollinators.
If you would like to learn how to harvest your own native plant seeds, Watershed Landcare will be holding a mornings seed collection workshop on Saturday, December 3, at Rylstone. A follow-up propagation workshop will be held in the New Year. To RSVP contact Agness Knapik, Watershed Landcare Coordinator, on 0435 055 493 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Watershed Landcare's Mudgee Bee Group are in the process of setting up community bee hives to allow novice beekeepers to gain experience in handling bees.
The group will be meeting on Tuesday, November 29, to introduce bees into the community hives. Come along and help release the bees, hear from Andrew Kenny about letting the bees settle in, and meet other aspiring bee keepers.