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Building bee and bug motels

Central Tablelands Local Land Services in partnership with Central Tablelands Landcare will be celebrating Australian Pollinator Week (21-27 November) by hosting workshops in Orange on how to construct native bee and bug motels to provide much needed habitat for these crucial insect species.

The half day workshops will be held at the Environmental Learning Facility at the Orange Showgrounds on Tuesday 22 November.

The workshops will cost $10 per person to cover the cost of the bee motel boxes constructed by the Lucknow Men’s Shed.

According to the Australian Government’s Department of Environment, pollinating insects like native bees drive biodiversity, and over 75% of the world’s flowering plants rely on insect pollinators to reproduce.

The world is currently suffering from a major decline in pollinator species so Pollinator Week aims to bring these usually unnoticed insects to the forefront of peoples’ thoughts.

“Many of our native bees are solo not social, and they prefer to make their nests in small hollows such as bamboo stems,” explained Liz Davis, Regional Landcare Facilitator with Central Tablelands Local Land Services.

The workshops will demonstrate how to work with recyclable materials including bamboo, bark, and twigs to create ideal native bee and bug habitat in the boxes.

More information about Australian Pollinator Week.

Register for a Pollinator Week Habitat Box workshop by contacting Liz Davis at Central Tablelands Local Land Services on: 0427 452 662or email: liz.davis@lls.nsw.gov.au

EVENT: AUSTRALIAN POLLINATOR WEEK WORKSHOPS

VENUE: ELF Environmental Learning Facility, Orange Showgrounds

DATE:Tuesday 22 November

CONTACT: Call Liz Davis to register on 0427 452 662 or email: liz.davis@lls.nsw.gov.au

Media contact: Kylie Krause | 0439608370