Bee Conservation Partner
Contribute to Apidae Bee research and support the genetic resilience of local species. Together we stand for bee conservation.
Contribute to the development of a conservation strategy that will increase the number of pollinator nests and protect habitat trees for pollinators. Including the Ficus macrophylla and various eucalyptus species which provide nesting sites in hollows. The conservation strategy will assess the optimal number of nests for effective pollination within a radius of 3 kilometres and the current distribution of wild nest availability, forage availability, water and other environmental factors. The long term aims of this strategy will be to plant endemic old growth plant species to provide future nesting capacity.
Hollow formation is a common trait of this group of plants due to the physiological characteristics of eucalypt growth and the breaking of limbs. Australian fauna, particularly birds and mammals, make extensive use of this structural element of habitat, and at least 20% of bird species are hollow-dependent. All arboreal marsupials use tree hollows, and all except the Koala are dependent upon them for shelter and breeding sites.
Local guardians and natural beekeepers are on the call to rehome wild bees in Bundjalung Northern Rivers. We relocate swarms from walls and homes into a new Bee Sanctuary to protect the natural evolution of local bee species.
We are building nests using both traditional and modern practices. We used a range of designs including logs, woven, top bars, warre, langstroth and oath nests to create homes for pollinators. Some of these designs have been used for 8,000 years in Africa and Europe where natural beekeeping practices are still used in culture today.
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Byron Bay Public School
Our inaugural Bee Guardian Education Class with the students of Byron Bay Public School, to learn the way of the wild bees and exploring Maths, Art, Language and Storytelling through Apiculture.
As we met with the students of Byron Bay Public school, we discussed the importance of bees in our community for pollination and their important role in food cultivation. We would like to thank the teachers, volunteers and students for a wonderful day.
Little Hobo Project
A geometric bee sanctuary using a Top bar Kenyan Hive, in collaboration with Kane Lumsden designs at the little hobo retreat in Byron Bay. Creating an immersive space for guests and residents to feel the resonance of our native honeybees.
Newrybar Community Hall
A protected area for the protection of native Australian honeybees in the historic newrybar community is an open garden using traditional hive styles, and a space for natural beekeeping education classes and workshops.