We are working with seven other Councils, all of which run along our scenic River Torrens from the hills to the sea, to try and increase the number of native bees residing in our state.To do this, we are encouraging residents to build their own “Bee B’n’Bs” or “Bee Hotels” which are nests for native bees that can be set up at home.
There are more than 200 different kinds of native bees in South Australia, including blue-banded bees, masked bees, leafcutter bees and resin bees. Native bees help pollinate our native plants and backyard fruits and vegetables. They are interesting to watch and are not aggressive - they will only sting you if you grab them.
The following resources have been provided by Dr Katja Hogendoorn to help you set up your own bee hotel at home.
Come along to our Arbor Day event to get some Bee B'nB tips and advice from ABC Gardening Australia presenter, Sophie Thompson, and join in with community planting. For active children there will also be a nature play space and pavement chalk drawing activities for them to get their hands dirty. This free event will be held on Sunday 24 June from 10am-2pm at Beefacres Reserve, Pittwater Drive, Windsor Gardens.
There will be a BBQ and coffee van, so come along and get planting for Arbor Day. Registration to attend is required, so please contact Greening Australia on 8372 0100 or email to make your booking, or for more information about the event. Please bring your own gloves.