Burnside’s a Buzz about sustainability! This project, funded by City of Burnside Community Grants, seeks to promote the importance of bees and beneficial insects to the natural environment and build wider community awareness of biodiversity through a series of community events. These include:
- During Wild Pollinator Count (10-17 November 2019) around 30 people were bee-dazzled by the fascinating life of our native Australian bees. Remko Leijs from the SA Museum shared key traits of just a few of our different bee types. We were introduced to Carpenter Bees, Cuckoo Bees, Leaf Cutter Bees and more, each seeking pollen from specific native plants and with different styles of homes. We became aware of the importance of protecting habitat for native bees and keeping gardens, parks and national parks special spaces for native bees, leaving honey bees for commercial producers rather than backyards.
- On 20 May 2020 we will hold a pollinator garden workshop with Sophie Thompson on how to attract and support native bees and beneficial insects in our home gardens. Tube stock of native plants that attract bees/beneficial insects and seeds will be available for participants to take home.
- We are planning the construction of Burnside’s Bee Hotel in conjunction with Magill Men’s Shed and council experts. The purpose of the bee hotel is to foster community engagement and awareness, to promote the importance of bees and beneficial insects and to showcase Burnside as a place of biodiversity.
If you are interested in learning more or getting involved with the project, please contact Linda on email@example.com.