Date : March 25, 2020
You might have heard people talk about making a watering bee station, but perhaps you’re not so sure why this is necessary. Don’t insects just do their own thing? Actually, these busy little creatures are more important to our way of life than you might realise!
Why we need busy little bees
Australia boasts over 1700 species of native bees and these bees play an important part in our environment.
Bees are crucial for our agriculture as they carry pollen from one flower to another. This is an important step for the growth of crops, known as pollination. Many of the nuts, fruits and vegetables we enjoy eating rely on bees pollinating the crops.
Therefore, the lack of bees can have a dramatic effect on our environment and our food supplies.
So how can we help our native bees thrive to do the work they were created to do?
Well, the process of collecting pollen is thirsty work. Bees need access to water, but they aren’t great swimmers. Providing a shallow bowl of water with pebbles allows for a bee to make a safe landing, and drink without threat of drowning or being eaten by animals lurking underneath.
Creating a Bee Watering Station is easy. This project requires a bit of hunting and gathering to create platforms for the bees to land on. Sticks, pebbles and gumnuts make great landing platforms.
If you want to help our bee population, be sure to place the bee watering station near flowers. Once bees know there is a safe spot to drink from, they will be sure to let other bees know in their community.
- Terracotta pot
- Find a place in the garden where bees will be attracted to your water station. Next to flowers is an ideal spot.
- Turn the pot upside down and place the plate on top.
- Fill the plate with sticks, gumnuts, pebbles and rocks.
- Pour water onto the plate. This water will need to be emptied every few days to prevent mosquitoes breeding in the water.
- Wait for the bees to come.
This is a lovely little project to undertake with your kids. Inspire your little greenies and save the bees!