Pollinators are vital to keep plant species flowering and re-producing. But did you know that many of our food crops such as fruit, wine grapes and vegetables rely on native insects for this service? Australia has about 1,600 species of native bees, with around 250 to 300 species being found within a 100 kilometre radius of any given area.
Many native pollinators are under threat; land clearing and the extensive use of pesticide and fungicide sprays.
To celebrate National Pollinator Week, which runs from November 12-19, Watershed Landcare have invited Liz Davis, Regional Landcare Facilitator Central Tablelands LLS, to run a Native Bee Motel workshop.
Come along and build your own native bee motel and learn how you can attract these fascinating little creatures to your own backyard, whether it's a farm, bushland, suburban block or a balcony.
The workshop will be held from 9:30 am–11:30am on Sunday 12 November at at the Straw Bale Shed, Australian Rural Education Centre (AREC).
The workshop is free to attend for Landcare members and $15 for non members. Booking are essential, register by November 9. All welcome but children must be accompanied by an adult.
For more information or to RSVP contact Claudia Wythes, Watershed Landcare Coordinator, on 0412 011 064 or firstname.lastname@example.org.