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September 2015 – Bee Aware Month

September 1, 2015

Bee-Aware-Month-Logo-600x560September is Bee Aware Month, and this year’s theme is “Feed the Bees.” It’s all about educating New Zealanders about why bees are so important, and what we can do to help them prosper – namely, planting bee-friendly plants and seeds so our bees have enough food to survive and thrive.  #BAM2015 #feedthebees 

We need bees, more than you might think. Bees pollinate one third of the food we eat, and life would be a struggle without them. It’s a two-way street, though – bees need us to plant food they can eat, to keep them buzzing and doing the awesome stuff they do for us.

Over $5 billion of New Zealand’s agricultural exports also depend on bees. Bee numbers worldwide are in decline and we must do all that we can to save them before it’s too late – some of the main factors causing this are nutritional stress, lack of food compromising the bees’ resistance to pests and diseases, and pesticides and sprays.

What can you do to help?  Plant bee friendly trees and plants like fruit trees and old fashioned or heirloom flowers and herbs. Provide water – place pebbles or twigs in a saucer of water so the bees have something to stand on and drink. Protect swarms – if you see a swarm of bees (in a tree or on your house for example) contact a local beekeeper. For a list of beekeepers see www.nba.org.nz/contact-us/beeswarm-collection

If you’d like to know more, we have quite a few books about beekeeping (apiculture) in the library.   See catalogue

The National Beekeepers Assoc. is also running a School Photo Competition which you can find out about on their website here

Source:  National Beekeepers Association of NZ website http://nba.org.nz


 

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