Solitary bee talk - not to be missed

August 09, 2013 at 10:01 AM

A habitat built by Megan Halcroft

Australian native bees of the Sydney, Blue Mountains and Illawarra regions

Sunday 18 August 2013 Time: 9:30am – 12:30pm Cost: $50.00 per person

Venue: Glenbrook Native Plant Reserve, Great Western Highway, Opposite  the Tourist Information Centre, Glenbrook NSW

Enter "Glenbrook Native Plant Reserve" for directions on Google maps


 The following topics will be covered:

 The importance of bees in our environment: including honey bees, stingless bees, semi-social and solitary bees

 How bees contribute to biodiversity in the ecosystem

 The economic importance of bees in our world

 The pollinator crisis worldwide

 How bees improve crop production

 Some anatomical adaptations that make bees the best pollinators in the world  How to identify some of the native bees in your own garden

 How to attract native bees into your garden  How to conserve and provide habitat for native bees

 View the inside of a stingless bee (Austroplebeia australis) nest

 How to make native bee nests, from the basic to the beautiful  Some invaluable online resources you can access to learn more about our bees

Bring a pen and paper if you want to take notes.

 Each registered participant will receive a copy of "Native Bees of the Sydney Region: A Field Guide" (a Pdf file on CD rom) and be put into the draw to win the lucky door prize – a hardwood solitary bee nest to take home, worth $60.

To register for the seminar, please email me at using “REGISTRATION” as the subject heading. Please include the following details: Full name, contact phone number (in case of complications), number of participants. Once you have registered I will confirm your place by email, within 48 hours of receipt of registration. As places are limited, registration will not be complete until payment has been made.