Each of us can create habitat to support local pollinator populations. Pollinators are more likely to thrive in your backyard, community and on mixed farms than on acres devoted to single crops. Urban settings mean short flight paths and a greater variety of different plants and flowers to sample.
We read a lot that European honeybees are in trouble and need our help. Commercial beekeeping pressures, monoculture agriculture, poisons and pests all contribute to the challenges that the European honeybees are facing around the world. In Australia the honeybee is doing pretty well, if albeit only for the moment. Australia’s isolation has protected its honeybees from some of the challenges that other continents face such as the varroa mite. But the European honeybee is not the only pollinator that we should be worried about.
Pollinators come in many shapes and sizes, mostly insects, they include native bees, wasps, flies, and moths to name a few. These guys are feeling the pressure of the modern world. Habitat destruction, intensive agriculture, climate change and modern gardening practices are contributing to the decline in native pollinator numbers and health.
The good thing is that as urban dwellers we can can do a number of things to help native pollinators. Some of these things will not only help native pollinators but they will also help honeybees, so it’s a win win for pollinators in general.
6 steps to create your wild bee sanctuary: