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NATIVE BEE HIVE SPLIT

WHEN:  Friday 18th November 2022, from midday
WHERE: St Peters Public School – at the kitchen garden,

St Peters Street, St Peters, NSW 2044 

 


Local native bee expert Gavin Smith will be splitting our native bee hive.

Come along to view the unique spiral formation of the hive, hear a fascinating talk about native bees, their habits, and life-cycle; and taste some of their sought-after honey.

“Splitting” involves separating an established hive into two, allowing a new hive to grow independently from the first. This new hive will be donated to a school or community garden.

Native Bee habitats are under threat, hosting a native bee hive at our school helps to sustain, support and increase the species (Tetragonula carbonaria – a small, sting-less, social bee).

 

In return, our kitchen garden benefits from these tiny pollinators – offering fantastic learning opportunities for our students.

Presented by St Peters Public School P&C Association.

Making our school a better place to learn & grow.

NATIVE BEE HIVE SPLIT 2019 Report

Click here to find out what happened
at our previous hive split

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NATIVE BEE HIVE GIVE AWAY!

Would you like a native bee hive for your school or community garden?

We are splitting our hive on 18th Nov

– if you would like to take the newly formed hive from our split,

please contact stpeterspandc@gmail.com or call 0421 33 7170, indicating that your school or community garden meets the criteria listed:

Hive recipient must meet the following criteria:

• school or community garden (ie. not for profit) in the Sydney inner west area

• suitable place identified to keep the hive (site near year-round sources of forage & water, consideration for sun/heat/shade, etc.)

• method to secure hive in place (eg. in a padlocked gabion basket, bolted to tree)

• nominated person/s to be hive 'guardian' and check on its welfare regularly (box damage, pest invasion, over/under temperature, insulation, etc.)

• commitment to not use pesticides or herbicides within forage footprint

• commitment to conduct education of school population or community garden users about the hive, respect, proper care and treatment, etc.

• commitment to engage professional to conduct future hive splits (unless the recipient has expertise in hive splitting, they must budget for this periodic maintenance cost, around $250 per 2 years)

• commitment to donate any future hive splits through Inner West Sustainable Schools Network.