Bring­ing bees into our com­mu­ni­ties

The Tribune (NZ) - - PLAN BEE - BEEGAP

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.



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