Api­cul­ture NZ - how to help bees

The Tribune (NZ) - - PLAN BEE -

BEE AWARE MONTH

The Bee Aware cam­paign was run pre­vi­ously by the Na­tional Bee Keep­ers As­so­ci­a­tion, which is now Api­cul­ture New Zealand and is now in its seventh year.

Bee Aware Month (BAM) is de­voted to mak­ing New Zealan­ders think more about the honey bee and its crit­i­cally im­por­tant role in our bio­di­ver­sity and econ­omy.

NZ’s bee pop­u­la­tion con­tri- butes about $5 bil­lion to our econ­omy an­nu­ally and they sup­port about one third of ev­ery­thing we eat.

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP

The best thing you can do is plant a bee-friendly gar­den. Bees need food so they can help pol­li­nate our food. Bees will for­age on these flow­ers for nec­tar and pollen which pro­vide car­bo­hy­drates and pro­tein for growth and en­ergy. Well-nour­ished bees are more ca­pa­ble of fend­ing off dis­ease and par­a­sites.

Wild­flow­ers are nat­u­rally or­ganic—they are not sus­cep­ti­ble to bugs or dis­eases, can help con­trol gar­den pests and they at­tract bees and ben­e­fi­cial in­sects into the gar­den. An­other way to help keep bees in flight is to not use harm­ful sprays in gar­dens and on flow­ers that are in bloom. There are now bee-friendly sprays you can use on your gar­den which lessen harm caused to bees.

Check ap­inz.org.nz for more info

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