Celebrate World Bee Day 2019

Let’s celebrate together, raise awareness and do something good for bees.

The main purpose of events is to spread awareness of the significance of bees and other pollinators for our survival. Below you'll find some ways you can help as well as some links to help understand the plight of our honey bees.

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Groups

Kindergartens, schools, gardening clubs and other community groups may like to join in by organizing a local Bee Day activity such as:

  • Visiting or hosting a beekeeper to become acquainted with their work
  • Learning about honey and hive products
  • Learning about nectar-bearing plants
  • Setting up a bee hive or native bee hotel in your home garden, yard, terrace, etc.
  • Preparing a breakfast that contains honey and other hive products
  • Organising art competitions on the topic of beekeeping and pollinators

Individuals

Every individual can contribute to the preservation of bees and other pollinators:

  • Plant nectar-bearing flowers for decorative purposes on balconies, terraces, and gardens.
  • Buy only Australian made honey and hive products
  • Raise awareness among children and adolescents on the importance of bees and express your support for beekeepers.
  • Set up a pollinator farm or 'bee hotel" on your balcony, terrace, or garden; you can either make it yourself or buy one from selected gardening stores.
  • Mow your lawn or nature strip in the evening when bees are no longer foraging.
  • Encourage mixed species lawns and nature strips that include clover and other flowers and allow them to flower before mowing.
  • Substitute your grass-based lawns or nature strips with food producing plants that feed bees and people.
  • Support farmers using sustainable methods of agriculture which is healthier for us and for  soil, water, biodiversity and the climate.

Farmers

Farmers can help contribute to the preservation of bees and other pollinators by:

  • Preserve native pastures to encourage a more diverse array of flowers.
  • Mow pastures only after the nectar-bearing plants have finished flowering.
  • Offer suitable farming locations for the temporary or permanent settlement of bees so that they have suitable pasture; as a consequence, they will pollinate your crops, stimulating them to bear more fruit.
  • Avoid using pesticides.
  • If you must use pesticides, choose ones that do not harm bees, and spray them in windless weathereither early in the morning or late at night, when bees are no longer foraging.
  • Cut down flowering plants in orchards and vineyards before spraying them with pesticides so that they do not attract bees after being sprayed.