Locals are buzzing over Carl
Saving animals from trolley sees increase in work for beekeeper
CARL Skinner is fast becoming known as the area’s bee man and wants to share his motto – “save them, don’t spray them”.
Mr Skinner, of Erskine Park, gained notoriety when he rushed to assist a swarm of bees gathering on a shopping trolley in Penrith’s High St recently.
He arrived with protective veil, gloves and a rescue box, ready to relocate the bees and their queen.
As Pollinator Week wrapped up on Sunday, Mr Skinner said the rapid decline in bees during his 15 years in the horticulture industry was the reason he had decided to keep bees.
“You just don’t see bees on flowers any more,” Mr Skinner said.
“When I was a child you would be walking around, stand on a bee and get stung on the foot.
“That wouldn’t happen now.”
In the past few months, Mr Skinner has relocated sev- eral bee swarms.
Sporting his Chocolate Soldiers jersey, hat and gloves, the Penrith and Surrounds Bee Man has saved thousands of bees.
On the back of the Penrith trolley rescue, more recently
You just don’t see bees on flowers any more Carl Skinner
he undertook a three-hour wall extraction at Erskine Park using a bee vacuum.
Mr Skinner said business was buzzing since he started a Facebook page.
Unlike pest control, he does it all for free.
“If you were to ring a pest control person they would charge you just to turn up,” he said.
“It’s a win-win for me and for the bees.”
His hobby has piqued the interest of his 14 year old on, who wants to start his own hive. Watch video: mtdruitt standard.com.au
Erskine Park part-time beekeeper Carl Skinner wants to help people with any bee problems before they call in pest control.