Workshop fertilises a new crop of pollinator advocates!
15 November 2017
A new crop of enthusiastic pollinator advocates have just completed a special course highlighting the plight of precious native bees and pollination partners, and they’re now ready to spread the word about how and why we should protect and promote their survival.
Fifteen enthusiastic participants including farmers, beekeepers, horticulturalists and Landcare volunteers celebrated Pollinator Week by taking part in a two day Pollinator Workshop hosted by Central Tablelands Local Land Services.
The event held at the Orange Agricultural Institute highlighted the importance of pollinators in supporting a sustainable agricultural sector and a healthy environment.
The Pollinator Workshop was led by native bee expert, Dr Megan Halcroft, who shared her passion for native pollinators and the need to preserve and protect habitat for all pollinator species such as native wasps, bees, beetles, flies, butterflies, ants and moths, as well as animals such as birds, bats and small marsupials.
“Pollinators are currently in peril around the world, including here in Australia,” explained Liz Davis, Regional Landcare Facilitator with Central Tablelands Local Land Services.
“Our Pollinator Week workshop demonstrated how to work with recyclable materials such as bamboo, bark, and twigs to build bee and bug ‘motels’ to help boost their numbers.”
“It was an excellent course with a terrific variety of a participants, who all brought interesting and different perspectives to add to the prepared learning journey,” said Liz.
Pollinator Week workshop participant, Maryann Smith, was equally enthusiastic.
“You now have one more enthusiastic person sharing information, encouraging more training and most importantly providing habitat for our native species,” said Maryann.
Australian native bees are important pollinators of fruit and nut crops, vegetables and valuable wildflowers and native plants, and the loss of wild pollinators is a serious threat to crop yields in horticultural and agricultural industries.
Unlike the European honey bee, most native bees are solitary insects that nest in the ground or inside cavities in vegetation. However native bees and other pollinating insects are under threat from loss of habitat, parasitic mites, disease, inadequate food supplies and some farm management practices including the use of pesticides.
Central Tablelands Local Land Services is encouraging locals to get involved in next week’s Citizen Science Wild Pollinator Count (November 12-19) and help build a database on wild pollinator activity to contribute to wild pollinator insect conservation in Australia.
Find out how to take part in Wild Pollinator Week
For more information about the importance of native pollinators contact Liz Davis at Central Tablelands Local Land Services on: 0427 452 662.
The Pollinator workshop held at the Orange Agricultural Institute was supported by Central Tablelands Local Land Services, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.