What can you do to help?
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!
TAKE PART IN THE GREAT KIWI BEE COUNT
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.
SIGN OUR PETITION AGAINST BEE-HARMING PESTICIDES
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 email@example.com 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