With Pollinator Week just around the corner, Penrith City Council’s Bushcare and Biodiversity teams are buzzing with excitement as they prepare for a special Bee Bonanza on Saturday, November 19 from 8am-12pm at Bellbird Reserve.
A bee hotel building expert will be there to teach bee enthusiasts (or those curious about Australia’s native bees) how to build a bee hotel and why they’re so important for local bees.
Native bees play a crucial role in pollinating our native flowers and are a vital part of our bushland. Bees nest in habitats as diverse as tree hollows, underground burrows, and even inside plant stems.
Penrith Mayor Tricia Hitchen encouraged the community to come along and get their hands dirty with the special event.
“Penrith Council’s Bushland and Biodiversity teams work hard alongside the community to preserve the endangered Cumberland Plain Woodland found in Penrith and the animals that call it home,” Cr Hitchen said.
“Pollinator Week is a great opportunity for us to learn more about the pollinators that work hard all year round to keep our environment thriving and an event like the Bee Bonanza is a chance to do that.
“Bee Bonanza focuses on native bees, which come in a great range of colours and sizes. Some have furry overcoats while others are smooth and shiny — and Bee Bonanza is a great opportunity to learn all about them.”
After participants have built their bee hotels, they’ll be undertaking a weeding activity to help remove invasive weeds from the reserve and help improve habitat for the native bees and minibeasts that call the reserve home.
Refreshments, tools and training will be provided on the day.
The Bee Bonanza has limited spots available. Registrations are essential to secure your spot. Book at penrith.city/events
Pollinator Week is celebrated from Saturday, November 12 to Sunday, November 20.