Landcare is buzzing!

Saving our precious honey bee from extinction

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Landcare is buzzing!

Saving our precious honey bee from extinction

The issue

Honeybees are considered the most important insects in our ecosystem. They are integral to Australian agriculture because pollination from bees is required for nearly two-thirds of Australian food production and for increased plant biodiversity. Plant biodiversity contributes to positive outcomes such as soil and water retention, local area cooling and carbon sinks. So bees provide a key ecosystem service and fall into the rare category of being an exotic species that provides significant benefits to their local environment. But internationally, bees are in drastic decline, with whole populations being destroyed overnight as a result of introduced threats, such as pesticides.

The solution

Mike James from Wagga Wagga Amateur Beekeeping Group came to the Tarcutta RSL Club with a head full of information and a trolley full of beekeeping tools and equipment to raise awareness of the importance of honey bees. Mike spoke about the life of the honey bee and their importance as pollinators for both agricultural and native plants.

The impact

The night generated 33 new Tarcutta Landcare members from Borambola to Humula to Tarcutta to Mates Gully. After the presentation, the Tarcutta RSL was an absolute buzz of activity with 66 people enjoying supper freshly baked by the Landcare committee. A great night for community - a great night for Landcare!

Learnings

Did you know, it is estimated that about one third of all plants and plant products eaten by humans are directly or indirectly dependent on bee pollination? Well I didn’t either before Mike told me so. Mike also provided information on the basics of amateur beekeeping and advice on what tools are necessary, and what tools aren’t! For instance, a smoker is essential. As for leather gloves, well if you’re wanting to save a bit of money, a pair of rubber gloves from below the sink will suffice.

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Key facts

  • Honeybees are considered the most important insects in our ecosystem
  • 66 attendees learnt how to keep bees
  • 33 new landcare members generated
  • 6 homemade cakes eaten
  • Landcare is more than ‘planting trees’ - its about biodiversity.

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