Bees need help
Gardeners are being urged to do their bit for the threatened honey bee with the launch of the Urban Trees for Bees programme.
The Landcare Research and National Beekeepers’ Association collaboration includes tips to make gardens more bee-friendly.
Researcher Linda Newstrom-Lloyd said most herbs have a lot of nectar and are well loved by bees, especially rosemary, lavender and sage.
‘‘The same is true for fruit trees like apples and plums and especially citrus fruits,’’ she said.
‘‘Native plants for the garden, such as New Zealand flax and the cabbage tree, are also of high value for bees.’’
NBA spokeswoman Maureen Maxwell said bees rely on nectar and pollen for their food, and without it get weak or starve, are less able to resist diseases and pests and cannot reproduce to build up strong colonies.
The Urban Trees for Bees brochure presents a shortlist of bee plants.See nba.org.nz or treesforbeesnz.org.nz