THE Australian native bee is quite a lot smaller than the European honeybee.
They are quickly becoming an important part of the pollination process for primary producers throughout the Northern Rivers.
So much so that native bee specialist Steve Maginnity, thanks to a Caring for our Country Community Action Grant to Richmond Landcare, will give a workshop on them.
Members of the community will get the chance to learn about the importance and the keeping of native bees at this special workshop. "The community workshop is being held to inform farmers and the community how native bees can be used for pollination in their orchards and backyards, to improve their crops and the biodiversity of our region," Mr Maginnity said.
"We'll be looking at the workings of a native beehive and I will explain how important the native bee is to our environment and our community."
The macadamia industry is just one that has begun using the bees to aid with pollination and some producers have increased their yields by between 13-19%. These bees are also less susceptible to predators such as the small hive beetle.
The workshop will be held at Alstonville High School, Cawley Close, Alstonville, on Saturday, January 19 between 10am and midday. Look for the signs at the main gate.
Registration is essential - so email cso@richmondland care.org or leave a message on 6619 1582 because numbers are limited. Morning tea provided.
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