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Programs

Wheen Bee Foundation works across a number of project areas to help awareness of the importance of bees for food security and ecosystem health.

Bee Friendly Farming

The Bee Friendly Farming program supports farmers to protect, preserve and promote the health of bees and other pollinators on their land. Bee Friendly Farming sets standards for sustainable land management on important concepts like planting pollinator food resources, providing nesting habitat, and incorporating integrated pest management.

Bee Friendly Farming Tree Grants

Through the Bee Friendly Farming Program, Wheen Bee Foundation has partnered with One Tree Planted and Flow Hive to establish the Bee Friendly Farming Tree Grants. These grants provide between 1,000 and $10,000 to farmers to plant pollinator-friendly trees.

Community Tree Grants

The Carman's Trees for Bees Community Tree Grants program offers grants of up to $500 to community organisations to plant pollinator-friendly trees and shrubs in their local area. The program is run by the Wheen Bee Foundation in partnership with Carman’s.

Powerful Pollinators

The Powerful Pollinators Planting Guide program has seen the creation of individual regional guides providing information on plant selection and management to increase the number and diversity of insect pollinators in farm and urban landscapes.

5 Bees

The 5Bees program supports commercial beekeepers to recover from bushfire and drought. Established in 2020 through the Wheen Bee Foundation’s Bushfire Rebuild and Recovery Fund, the program helps beekeepers adapt to a changing climate and increasing incidents of severe weather conditions including drought, bushfire and floods.

Green Carpenter Bee Conservation Project

The Green Carpenter Bee Conservation Project is an initiative of the Wheen Bee Foundation with support from ANZ, Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal, Flow and Seacology. The project has supported the development of artificial nesting substrates on Kangaroo Island. The focus of this project has recently expanded due to the impacts of the catastrophic 2020 bushfires.

Pollinator Photography Competition

The Australian Pollinator Photography Competition calls on all photographers with an interest in wildlife to head outside and turn their cameras to bees and other pollinators.

Australian Pollinator Count

The Australian Pollinator Count is an annual census of pollinators that takes place during Australian Pollinator Week. Citizen scientists across the country are encouraged to count the pollinators in their local area and submit their results online. Collecting this data helps build an understanding of the number and diversity of pollinating insects in the environment.