reading & Resources
Bees, Pollinators & Insects
Here's a great resource by Auckland Council called 'Landscapes for Life' that includes how to create a Pollinator Palace and a planting plan.
Here is Auckland Council's native plant species guide that will help you plant for pollinators:
Here's Wellington City Council's pamphlet 'How Can You Help Our Bees?'
Here is a must read Guardian article 'Warning of 'ecological Armageddon' after dramatic plunge in insect numbers'
First the insects go... and then the birds go. It's a chain reaction. Read about the massive bird decline happening in France that is being attibuted to pesticide use and removed habitat.
Here's a great overview of how golf courses can be bee and pollinator sanctuaries
Analysis from EU’s scientific risk assessors finds neonicotinoids pose a serious danger to all bees, making total field ban highly likely. Here is the Guardian article.
Here is Trees For Bees resource on plant flowering times of selected species reported to be visited by honey bees in New Zealand
Read about this study that found impaired associative learning after chronic exposure to pesticides in young adult honey bees
Here's a link to Kings Seeds 'Bring on the Bees' seed mix.
Check out the (super inspiring!) All-Ireland Pollinator Plan 2015-2020.
On the 17th September 2015, Ireland, North and South, joined a small number of countries in Europe who have developed a strategy to address pollinator decline and protect pollination services
Sixty-eight governmental and non-governmental organisations agreed a shared Plan that identifies 81 actions to make Ireland pollinator friendly
Here's a great article on the current situation for bees in NZ