Image: Blue banded bee
Want to know more about the pollinating insects of the Blue Mountains and how to recognise them?
Check out the video with pollinator ecologist Amelie Vanderstock. Amelie is currently working on a baseline survey of wild pollinators at the old Katoomba Golf Course site.
Better yet, come along to a family-friendly, live, Zoom workshop with Amelie on 14 November from 10.30am to 12pm or from 1pm - 2.30pm.
From your own backyard, learn about the importance, ecology and diversity of our local pollinating insects.Together, you will become citizen scientists and step away from the screen to do a “Wild pollinator count” from wherever you are.
You'll have the chance to share some of the insects you find and brainstorm ways to support our pollinators through planting and habitat creation in our own backyards.
Find out more and book your place for the first workshop here or the second workshop here.
Amelie also recently read the book 'Bee Detectives’ by Vanessa Ryan-Rendall and Brenna Quinlan for the Blue Mountains library. Watch the video here.
5 ways that you can protect our native pollinators
Plant flowers: A mix of herbs, edibles and native plants means you will have flowers year-round, providing food for the bees, yourself and your neighbours.
Support native bushland conservation: 90% of our native bees are solitary, tunneling into bare earth and old trees. Bushland corridors will help both the birds and the bees.
Messy gardens = bee friendly gardens: Allowing your vegetables to go to seed, leaving some sticks lying about and mowing your lawn less creates habitat for our native bees.
Create chemical-free environments: Even ‘organic’ herbicides and pesticides can be harmful for bees. Your local community gardeners probably have friendly tips on ‘integrated pest management’ such as companion planting and biological controls that can help you go chemical-free.
Learn and share! The wild pollinator count is just the beginning.