Bees are pollinators. Pollinators help plants reproduce, and as a bonus for people, they help us grow our food and flowers. Australian native bees are also able to pollinate many fruit and vegetable flowers including tomatoes, watermelon, passion fruits, apples, cherries, strawberries and mangoes.
Encouraging bees and other pollinators isn’t hard. We have collected ideas on how to attract these important bugs to your garden. You might like to make your very own bee hotel or simply choose plants that that bees and other bugs love to visit.
When planning a bee project it is recommended that you connect with an experienced mentor beekeeper to guide your project. Our Junior Landcare community includes a number of bee-centric groups that can help.
Create a bee hotel
Junior Landcare’s learning activity outlines step by step instructions on how you can create a bee hotel. This could be a simple bundled nest with hollow stems wired together or a larger hotel constructed from a hardwood box filled with nesting materials.
Learn more about insects
Run a hands-on workshop with school students about pollinators and predators to help students learn about the important role that insects play in our environment.
Plant a beneficial garden
Planting flowers with food crops increases biodiversity, and is known as beneficial planting. Beneficial planting not only makes our garden beds look more attractive to us, it also makes gardens look more attractive to pollinators and predators, which in turn, help to fertilise and protect crops from pest invertebrates. Junior Landcare’s learning activity outlines step by step instructions on planting a beneficial garden.
Go on a bug hunt
Perfect for younger children this fun learning actvity teaches kids about using their observational skills and ‘slow looking’ to find bugs. Don’t forget to check the useful printable insect guide listed in the online resources section.
Incorporate bees into the classroom
Our friends at Wheen Bee Foundation have developed A Teachers’ Guide to Bees. This comprehensive document has been designed to incoporate bees into the school curriculum. It includes a useful checklist to assist in establishing a bee-centric school program.
Learn from others
Some schools who have received various Junior Landcare Grants have implemented bee-related projects. Watch this fabulous video from St Martin’s Primary School and read about the project at Oxley Park Primary School. Other schools with interesting bee projects include Epsom Public School, Cowes Primary School and Harvey Primary School.