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Why are native bees ‘the bees knees’ of Australian ecosystems? Bacchus Marsh session

August 26 from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Native bee on native daisy

Monday 26th August, 6.30pm-8.30pm, Darley Civic and Community Hub, 182 Halletts Way, Darley

Pollinators drive biodiversity with over 75% of the world’s plants needing insect pollinators in order to reproduce. These pollinators provide ecosystem services in the natural landscapes as well as in agriculture and urban environments.

Australia has around 1,700 species of native bees, with more species being discovered each year. Native bees are important pollinators of Australia’s wildflowers. They also make an important contribution to Australian agriculture, through crop pollination. Populations of native bees can be threatened by land clearing and pesticide use.

At these special forums, learn more about native bees and other pollinators, their habitat requirements and how to improve the biodiversity of your property to increase native bee populations and benefit from the services they provide as specialised crop pollinators.

Free event. Light catering provided.

Register online via Eventbrite.

 

Speakers:

Kit Prendergast
PhD candidate, Curtin University WA (via video)
Native bees and protecting their habitat

Dr Katja Hogendoorn
Research Associate, University of Adelaide
Native bees and crop pollination (canola, fruits and vegetable production)

Karen Thomas
Port Phillip & Westernport CMA
Hover flies and other important invertebrates

 

This event will be held in Bacchus Marsh (exact venue TBC).

Hosted by PPWCMA, Moorabool Shire and Moorabool Landcare Network.

Additional events in Pakenham and Lilydale. Visit www.ppwcma.vic.gov.au/beesknees for more information.