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Supporting Urban Bees

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Campbelltown Supporting Urban Beehives

 

Campbelltown Council recognises the importance of bees to our gardens, garden produce and to the health of our eco-systems.

Campbelltown Council work in close partnership with Adelaide Bee Sanctuary to support urban honey beehives in selected community open spaces. These beehives are secured behind locked enclosures, are professionally managed by Adelaide Bee Sanctuary and house the Golden Italian bee – known for their gentleness.

You are welcome to visit them and watch them go about their busy daily lives! They are located at:

  • Athelstone Community Garden, Padulesi Park
  • Campbelltown Community Orchard, Paradise – beehive coming soon!
Athelstone Community Garden Bee Hives

 

Importance of Bees and Pollinating Insects

65%* of all plant based industries in Australia depend to some extent on honeybee pollination – particularly our almonds, apples, cherries, blueberries, lucerne and clover. 

Honey bees and other pollinating insects such as butterflies, moths, native beetles and native wasps are vital to our food production.

Our bees and wild pollinators are under threat from habitat destruction, use of agricultural chemicals and from pests and diseases. 

How You Can Support Bees and Other Wild Pollinators

Not only do we need more pollinators but existing pollinators also need more food, so why not become a friend of pollinators and plant good nutritional flora in your garden.

Here are some tips to help you create a garden for pollinators which will increase the health and productivity of your garden and gardens around you:

  1. Select plants that flower throughout the year
  2. Select flowers of a variety of shapes and colours
  3. Plant similar plants species in groups
  4. Select plants that provide nesting material for native bees
Herbicide and Pesticide Use

DO NOT use herbicides or pesticides when your plants are flowering because bees and other wild pollinators will take these chemicals back to their colonies which will kill them.

If you have to apply insecticide choose an insecticide that has low toxicity for bees and apply it at night or on a cold day.

For more information about bees and other pollinators:

Residents Keeping Their Own Beehive

Campbelltown Council recognises that residents may choose to keep a beehive in their backyard. Residents who keep beehives in the urban environment have a wider social responsibility to ensure that their bees do not become a nuisance to neighbours. 

Here are a few beehive management best practices to help you:


* data according to PIRSA as of August 2019 - https://pir.sa.gov.au/biosecurity/animal_health/bees

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