Helping Native Bees

If you look in the news today, you may see news stories about bee numbers in decline throughout the world, or hear that bees are being listed as endangered, or even be told about bee hives suddenly dying (known as colony collapse disorder).  Some of this is being attributed to pesticides and herbicides, and a lot of money and effort is being invested in trying to help the honey bees.  Unfortunately, not the same can be said about Australian Native Bees.

In Australia there over 1500 different bees, broadly falling into 10 categories.  Here in the Northern Rivers NSW bees from each category can be found.  As well as the same challenges around pesticides and herbicides that honey bees face, our native bees also face challenges around habitat and nesting sites being lost.

Northern Rivers Native Bees are focused on helping native bees by providing the following services:

  • Bee Hive Rescue – Native Bees nest in hollows in trees or branches.  If a tree with a native bee hive in chopped down or falls down, it is highly unlikely that the hive will survive. We can take the hive, extract it from the limb and safely relocate it into a Native Bee hive box
  • Bee Hive relocation –  With fewer and fewer  trees with hollows being available, bees are taking to nesting in meter boxes, water meter pits, telstra inspection pits etc. I have even heard of one instance where a hive had set up inside an unused fridge in someones shed.  We can come and collect the hive and rehome it into a Native Bee hive box
  • Bee Hive splitting service – If you are fortunate to own a Native Bee hive and you would like to split the hive, we are able to provide you with assistance in the splitting.  We can provide the second hive, and safely split the top box onto the new hive.  If you have a bee hive that is ready to split, but you are not interested in having more native bee hives, we can come and perform a split for you, and we will pay you for the split hive
  • Bee Hotels – Only a small number of Australian Native Bees form a hive.  Most of our bees are solitary bees that will lay eggs in holes in wood, or in some instances, soft mortar or soil.  We sell Bee Hotels that you can put up in your garden to provide spots for the bees to lay their eggs

If you have a bee hive that needs rescuing, please contact us here, or call 0472 833 764