Lo­cals are buzzing over Carl

Sav­ing an­i­mals from trolley sees in­crease in work for bee­keeper

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Marissa Ge­or­gopou­los

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

Pic­ture: Justin San­son

Ersk­ine Park part-time bee­keeper Carl Skin­ner wants to help peo­ple with any bee prob­lems be­fore they call in pest con­trol.

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