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Pollinators

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Have you heard the buzz about Enfield Library?

Enfield Library is now home to an observational honey bee hive. A native bee and insect hotel is also currently being constructed. The honey bee hive is managed by Beekeeper Josh.

Honey bees are pollinators, which are animals that help plants grow by transferring pollen between the male and female parts of plants. Honey bees are pollinators for flowers, fruits, and vegetables.

Approximately two thirds of Australia's crops require pollination from honey bees. These include not only fruits and vegetables, but nuts, seeds, and some of the feed crops for stock.

You can visit the bees any time the library is open. See them up close inside the library, or watch their flight path from outside!

Bees have very acute senses, and can be sensitive to sights, sounds, and smells. When you come to visit, it is recommend that you wear light-coloured clothing and avoid wearing strong perfumes or aftershave.

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Join the Pollinators

The Pollinators is an ongoing series of opportunities including workshops, walks and activities for the community to enjoy. The aim is to spread knowledge, and to encourage participation via experiences which will educate people about all the different kinds of pollinators.

For the latest events, search 'Pollinators' on the
PAE Libraries Event Calendar

PAE Libraries Honey Bee Hive

Observational Bee Hive and Bee Hotel

Enfield Library will soon be home to an observational honey bee hive as well as a native bee and insect hotel. The honey bee hive will be managed by a beekeeper.

You can visit the bees any time the library is open. See them up close inside the library, or watch their flight path from outside!

Bees have very acute senses, and can be sensitive to sights, sounds, and smells. When you come to visit, we recommend wearing light-coloured clothing and to avoid wearing strong perfumes or aftershave to have the best experience.

PAE Libraries Pig Face Flower 

Pollinator Friendly Plants

Planting specific "buzz " pollinator plants can provide an edge for native bees. This is because buzz pollinating (where bees use vibration to collect pollen) is done by native bees, but not by honey bees. Plants species such as Hibbertia, Flax Lilies, Chocolate Lilies, Solanums (including tomatoes), and Lasiopetalum (commonly known as velvet bushes) are all buzz pollinated.

When using pesticides in your garden, avoid using systemic pesticides, as these can kill bees and other important pollinators.

PAE Libraries Bee Bath 

Make Your Own Bee Bath

Create an insect-friendly bird bath so bees can have access to water through the summer months.

To make a bee bath you will need a shallow dish and rocks. Place the rocks around the dish to create island or 'landing pads' for the bees. Make sure when you add the water that the top of the rocks stay dry so the bees can safely get a drink.

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"We acknowledge and pay respect to the Traditional Owners of the land on which we stand, the Kaurna People of the Adelaide Plains. It is upon their ancestral lands that the Port Adelaide Enfield Council meets. It is also the Place of the Kardi, the Emu, whose story travels from the coast inland. We pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging. We respect their spiritual beliefs and connections to land which are of continuing importance to the living Kaurna people of today. We further acknowledge the contributions and important role that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people continue to play within our shared community."