Encouraging insect pollinators in farm landscapes
What is it?
Powerful Pollinators is a program designed to increase the prevalence, health and diversity of pollinators in the landscape. The Program encourages the strategic planting of ‘trees for bees’ and other pollinators and provides Pollinator Planting Guides developed by experienced botanists and field ecologists for use by landholders.
The Guides specify relevant information about pollinator habitat and floral resources to enable users such as land managers, Landcare groups, nurseries and gardeners to select the most appropriate indigenous species that provide value for pollinators.
Wheen Bee Foundation Ambassadors (bee champions) are available to provide bee expertise and information to Landcare groups, and environmental and agricultural networks, to increase knowledge and understanding of bees as pollinators and their reliance on native flora. The Wheen Bee Foundation will deliver 20 workshops across the regions listed below.
A Bee Friendly Farming network will be established linking land managers who subscribe to land management best practice and support pollinators in their landscape.
This project is supported by Smart Farms through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program and Burts Bees.
The overall project will run from 12 June 2020 until 31 August 2021. The involvement and participation of Wheen Bee Foundation Bee Ambassadors in this project will assist in delivery of a minimum of 20 presentation over 17 months between June 2020 and 30 June 2021.
What can you do?
Our Powerful Pollinator Guides provide an introduction to encouraging insect pollinators on farms, including a guide to choosing plants that will support diverse pollinators throughout the year. Published guides available now:
Guides Under Development
- Bilpin, Blue Mountains: NSW
- Victorian Volcanic Plain: Melbourne Victoria
- Southern Fall Uplands: Melbourne Victoria
- Gippsland Plain: Melbourne Victoria