Buzzing, bustling, beautiful bees are critical for the preservation of ecological balance and biodiversity in nature. They are the world’s most important pollinator of food crops.
It’s estimated around two-thirds of Australia’s agricultural production relies on honey bee pollination.
But bee populations are at risk. Destruction of their natural habitat, intensive farming practices, and pests and diseases are driving their decline at an alarming rate.
The Green Carpenter Bee is no exception. Already endangered, this iconic species was further threatened by recent bushfires in Australia.
“There were only two remnant populations of the species remaining in Australia - one on Kangaroo Island and the other in the Blue Mountains, NSW,” says Fiona Chambers, Chief Executive Officer of Wheen Bee Foundation.
Now a grant through the Seeds of Renewal program will deliver a critical lifeline to the Green Carpenter Bee population on Kangaroo Island.
Fiona believes the grant funding has come in the nick of time: “with both these habitats having been badly damaged by the recent bushfires, conservation efforts need to be urgently fast tracked and expanded if this iconic native bee is to be saved,” she says.
The $15,000 grant will assist with artificial nesting materials and is part of an interim conservation strategy to support threatened bee populations until the local native Banksia flora recovers to pre-bush fire levels. It will also help raise awareness of the plight and importance of the bees in the environment.