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Waitaki Herald - - PLAN BEE -

BE PART OF NZ GAR­DENER’S PLAN BEE! Ev­ery copy of the September is­sue of NZ Gar­dener comes with a free packet of nec­tar- and pollen-rich wild­flower seed which will help support bees and ben­e­fi­cial pol­li­na­tors. Once you’ve sown the seed, plot your ad­dress on our NZ Gar­dener Plan Bee map (just scan the QR code on the seed pack), and a lit­tle bee will pop up where you are!


The Great Kiwi Bee Count is like a dig­i­tal cen­sus for bees, and the trends it re­veals will help us learn more about how they are do­ing. It’s easy to do, it takes just two min­utes, and you’ll learn a lot about bees and other pol­li­na­tors. Take your smart phone or tablet out­side, find a flow­er­ing plant to ob­serve and go to stuff.co.nz/greatki­wibeecount and fol­low the sim­ple in­struc­tions.


Bees are fac­ing a raft of chal­lenges right now , and one of them is ex­po­sure to pes­ti­cides con­tain­ing neon­i­coti­noids, which are a a fam­ily of neuro-ac­tive in­sec­ti­cides re­stricted or banned in sev­eral coun­tries over­seas. Some New Zealand re­tail­ers have al­ready re­moved neon­i­coti­noid-con­tain­ing prod­ucts from sale, and NZ Gar­dener would like to see other re­tail­ers fol­low suit. If you feel the same, sign the pe­ti­tion at www.toko.org.nz/p/savethe­bees.

COLOUR IN NZ GAR­DENER’S PLAN BEE COVER! To get a black and white copy of NZ Gar­dener’s gor­geous September cover for your kids or grand­kids to colour is, send an email to mailbox@nz­gar­dener.co.nz with ‘NZ Gar­dener Plan Bee cover’ as the sub­ject line. Once done, share it to Face­book or In­sta­gram with the hash­tag #nz­gar­den­er­plan­bee.

Show our pre­cious pol­li­na­tors some love this September, with NZ Gar­dener and Plan Bee

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