BEE AWARE MONTH 2017
September is almost here and that means a month fully dedicated to celebrating bees! Not that we don’t do this all year round but we have an excuse to do so even more during Bee Aware Month.
Apiculture New Zealand is very excited to continue to run the highly successful and ever-growing Bee Aware Month (BAM).
Shining a spotlight on bees – Pollination Illumination
Imagine a world without strawberries, kiwifruit, apples, nuts, coffee, chocolate or even denim jeans.
These are all foods and products pollinated by honey bees. Bees around the world and especially in New Zealand cannot survive without our help, and in turn we wouldn’t survive without them. So not only do bees produce a wonderful, natural food source, they also play a significant role in supporting our food chain.
This year we want to shine a spotlight on the role bees play as pollinators of our food and other products we consume.
Keep an eye on this page, the BAM Facebook page and Twitter for events, activities, competitions, giveaways and information about pollination and helping bees.
How you can help
One of the easiest ways the public can help bees is by planting bee-friendly gardens in both urban and rural spaces. Bees need food so they can help pollinate our food.
Bees will forage on these flowers for nectar and pollen which provide carbohydrates and protein for growth and energy. Well-nourished bees are more capable of fending off disease and parasites.
We hope you join us as we expand on the pollination story and spread awareness about all that honey bees do for us.
Throughout September, use #beeawarenz17 on your social media to share with us what you are doing at home, at your school and in your community to help bees.
Thank you to our sponsors
We would like to acknowledge our confirmed sponsors Farmlands Co-operative, De Winkel Yoghurt and Mitre 10 for their support so far.