3 things to do right nowto help pol­li­na­tors

Eastern Courier - - LOCALJOBS -

Septem­ber is Bee Aware Month and NZ Gar­dener mag­a­zine has started a huge cam­paign to help gar­den­ers help bees. Here’s what you can do:

1. calling for a ban on bee-harm­ing pes­ti­cides that con­tain neon­i­coti­noids. Neon­i­coti­noids are a group of in­sec­ti­cides that act on the ner­vous sys­tem of in­sects. They are sys­temic in­sec­ti­cides, which means they en­ter into the plant’s tis­sue and­move around the whole plant to pro­tect it from pests and preda­tors. That means bees and pol­li­na­tors do not have to have con­tact with the spray residue, they can ab­sorb the neuro-tox­ins via the plants pollen and nec­tar. You can sign the pe­ti­tion here.

2. Take part in It is a cit­i­zen science project in­tended to pro­vide a base line for gen­er­a­tions of re­search into the bees that are re­spon­si­ble for pol­li­nat­ing a third of ev­ery­thing we eat and drink. Ki­wis young and old are en­cour­aged to get into their gar­dens, parks or neigh­bour­hood – prefer­ably on a sunny day – pick a plant, and count how­many bees they see. The data gath­ered from across NewZealand over the month will help sci­en­tists work out the state of bee health and num­bers in the coun­try, and pro­vide a base­line fig­ure for a fu­ture

‘‘bee cen­sus’’. It takes two min­utes and you’ll learn about dif­fer­ent pol­li­na­tors. Go to The Great Kiwi Bee Count now!

3. Ev­ery copy of the Septem­ber is­sue of NZ Gar­dener comes with a free packet of bee-friendly wild­flower seeds. Just sowthese seeds in your own gar­den, at your school or in your neigh­bour­hood and then add your ad­dress to our in­ter­ac­tive Plan Bee map. Once you have added your de­tails, a lit­tle bee icon will pop up on the to mark your place. Over the course of the month, we’ll be able to see NewZealand be­com­ing more friendly to bees and ben­e­fi­cial pol­li­na­tors... one gar­den at a time! En­ter your Plan Bee plant­ing site now!

Sign the pe­ti­tion The GreatKiwi Bee Count. Reg­is­ter your bee-friendly gar­den.

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