Native Bees to star at Eskbank House Pollinator Week Workshop

Learn why pollinators are important, how they affect food security and biodiversity and how we can support them, at the inaugural Pollinator Week Workshop at Eskbank House on Sunday 15 November 2015.

“This initiative provides the perfect opportunity for the community to learn more about the important role that bees play in our environment and how we can look after them,” said Lithgow City Council Mayor Maree Statham.

The Pollinator Week Workshop is part of a larger “Bee Aware of Your Native Bees” project run by Western Sydney University in partnership with Eskbank House over the past two years. Many local groups and businesses will also support the workshop including Lithgow Community Garden, Lithgow Garden Club, Portland Scouts, Lithgow Men’s Shed, Bunnings, Lithgow Living History and Good Earth Landscape and Nursery Supplies.

Workshops will run from 10.00am to 3.00pm in the grounds of Eskbank House. During the workshops the community will be invited to take part in a variety of activities such as building a bee hotel, planting a pollinator friendly garden, catching and identifying pollinators using insect nets, jars, magnifying glasses, communication devices and cameras and making seed-balls.

There will also be a Citizen Science activity conducting a “wild pollinator count”. The wild pollinator count is an ongoing project, which started in 2014, and collects valuable data on our nation’s important pollinators – see (wildpollinatorcount.com).

Participants are invited to bring along a picnic lunch to enjoy in the Eskbank gardens. Most activities will be on going throughout the day and there is no need to book, but be aware… that Bee Hotel Sessions and Catch – a – Bug Sessions will take place at 10.00 and 11.00 am and then 1.00 and 2.00 pm, so time your visit to catch one each of these. There is no charge for the day.

This program supports Council’s Community Strategic Plan 2026, and further supports environmental protection and community partnership targets enhancing our natural environment.

Catching Native Bees

 

Contact:

Mayor Maree Statham
Tel: 02 6354 9999
Fax: 02 6351 4259

Wendy Hawkes
Cultural Development Officer
Tel: 02 6354 9999
Fax: 02 6351 4259