Bringing bees into our communities
Bee enthusiast Ian Morton has launched BeeGAP (Gardeners Adding Pollinators), an initiative aimed to educate everyday New Zealanders about the importance of bees and pollination.
BeeGAP, launched last month, includes details of an interactive, easy-to-navigate New-2-Bees mini- course.
Morton said it was critical to lift the level of awareness around the country and was confident BeeGAP members would benefit from the plethora of free resources and support available through the website and Facebook page.
‘‘The course helps to highlight another pollination alternative. The solitary bee is gentle-natured, friendly and poses no threat to people.
We want to encourage gardeners and New Zealanders to give the bees a home,’’ Mr Morton said.
‘‘BeeGAP is all about getting the message out and raising the level of awareness around bees. Each and every one of us can do our bit, and we’re here to spearhead those important messages going forward.’’
Morton and his team have been busy bees themselves in the last 12 months, networking and building strong partnerships with associate identities.
BeeGAP will soon team up with primary schools and early childhood centres.