Apiculture NZ - how to help bees
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