Bee Aware of your Native Bees - A Community Based Project
Did you know we have about 200 species of native bee in the Greater Western Sydney and Lithgow areas? Bees and other insects are very important for our food production and biodiversity.
Bee Aware is a experiential learning focused, environmental education program based across selected sites in Greater Western Sydney and Lithgow. The program aims to promote the conservation of native bees by building awareness of their existence and importance as pollinators, assessing current distribution, diversity and habitat preference and increasing existing populations by the installation of artificial 'bee hotels'. A number of community based workshops are being held to learn what they look like, where they live, how to encourage them into the garden and to learn more about citizen science.
This project is funded by the Office of Environment and Heritage Environmental Trust Grant and is made possible thanks to Bees Business. The program has now concluded.
Australian Pollinator Week - 20th to 27th November 2016
Australian Pollinator Week acknowledges our important and unique insect pollinators during our southern spring (November). It is a designated week when community, business and organisations can come together to raise awareness of the importance of pollinators and support their needs. Last year, 2015, saw the launch of the first ever Australian Pollinator Week, with plans for it to become an annual event, held during the 3rd week of November.
Through group activities, community members can learn and laugh together as they help to support our pollinators.
By engaging communities in schools, gardening clubs, community gardens, local council areas, Landcare groups and neighbourhoods we can increase awareness and act on our increased knowledge. Bees Business and Western Sydney University would like to invite you to participate in the Australian Pollinator Week celebrations.
All resources are downloadable from the Bee Aware of Your Native Bees website (opens in a new window) or join the Bee Aware of your Native Bees Facebook (opens in a new window) for more information and updates.