Peelwood Limerick Tuena Landcare Get Buzzy

Peelwood Limerick Tuena Landcare Group (PLTL) was very pleased to be a successful applicant in the WIRES – Landcare Wildlife Relief & Recovery Grant in 2020.  The focus of the grant was to restore dieback habitat due to the impact of drought and secure wildlife refuge points across the landscape. 

While the larger mammals are included our focus was on the smaller animals, birds and insects and providing them with nesting and feeding areas.  Native bees are important pollinators across our landscape which we wanted to encourage to promote the regeneration of plants affected by the drought. 

Dr Megan Halcroft of Bees Business presented an educational, informative & productive day to the group.  Everyone was enthused at the end of the day with the knowledge they had gained.  There are over 1700 varieties of Native Australian Bees and people could identify numerous varieties on their properties.  Many of the bees are mistaken for flies or wasps so being able to identify who we share our space with is important.  Most Native Bees are stingless and if they do sting it does not have the allergic effect of European Honey Bees. Native bees are estimated to be responsible for at least a third of pollination across Australia, which includes our cropping areas. 

Everyone built a “Native Bee Hotel” to place in their garden or paddock to attract more bees.  Some people have increased this by placing hollow logs filled with hollow reeds around their paddocks to attract bees to increase pollination in their crops. 

Fortunately, Native Bees are not affected by the beetles and virus that European Honey Bees are prone to.  They quietly go about their business helping us along the way.

If you would like more information on Native Bees visit Megan’s website or Facebook page.

www.beesbusiness.com.au

facebook.com/beesbusiness

facebook.com/groups/beeawareofyournativebees

 

 


 

In August 2018 an Orchard Day was held at Hopeful Olive Grove hosted by Robert Armstrong, and with financial support from Upper Lachlan Landcare.  Horticulturalist Michael Thomsett waxed lyrically on what fruit and nut trees grow best in the area, preparing and fertilising your soil, managing pest and diseases.  Hands on guidance was provided for pruning trees with advice on how to revitalise those old tree’s struggling in the sheep paddock.  The day was capped at 30 participants to provide a comprehensive & educational day for everyone. 

In November 2018 we had our 4th Festive Gathering with 45 people attending a BBQ and festivities. Many were first timers and new to the area.  This event is growing each year and continues to act as a conduit to introduce new people to their neighbours and Landcare events. 

The Landcare equipment – spray trailer, telescopic pole saw, pig traps and post driver continue to be well utilised by members.  A new post driver was purchased due to the demand.

The pig and fox bating programs were again wide spread with thanks to the LLS for their continued support.