In August 2019, the PPWCMA’s Regional Agriculture Facilitator, Karen Thomas, delivered three native bee forums across the region with local Landcare networks and groups, local councils, Box Hill Institute and Agribusiness Yarra Valley.

Over 250 participants attended and learned about:

Many thanks to forum participants for their excellent questions. Each Q&A panel sessions ran for close to 45 minutes, showing the level of interest and the knowledge gained from these forums.

The has already been some great ere was a click frenzy when Julian discussed how to re-purpose blackberry canes into suitable nesting substrate (bee hotels) for reed bees (Exoneura). Several farmers have already built their reed bee hotels! If you’ve made your reed bee hotel since the forums, please share it on the PPWCMA Grows Agriculturee Facebook page.

We will keep up to date with Kit, Julian and Katja’s native bee research and invite the speakers back in a few years for follow up events. Follow PPWCMA Grows Agriculture on Facebook for updates.

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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 events. Light catering provided.

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)

Dr Julian Brown
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Australian National University

Native bees in orchards, berry farms, and nature reserves

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

Event dates:

Monday 26th August, 6.30pm-8.30pm
Darley Civic and Community Hub, 182 Halletts Way, Darley (Bacchus Marsh)
Hosted by PPWCMA, Moorabool Shire, Moorabool Landcare Network, Moorabool Catchment Landcare Group and Farming Moorabool

Book now

Tuesday 27th August, 1.30pm-3.30pm
Box Hill Institute, Centre for Biosecurity Excellence
Building LC Auditorium, 1 Jarlo Dve, Lilydale
Hosted by PPWCMA, Agribusiness Yarra Valley, Yarra Ranges Landcare Network and Box Hill Institute

Book now

Wednesday 28th August, 9:30am-11:30am
Bayles Public Hall, 660 Kooweerup Longwarry Rd, Bayles
Hosted by PPWCMA and Western Port Catchment Landcare Network

Book now

For more information contact Karen Thomas M: 0427 480 170 E: karen.thomas@ppwcma.vic.gov.au

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