Australian Pollinator Week
NATIVE BEE HIVE SPLIT

WHEN:  Friday 8th November 2019, from 1:30pm
WHERE: St Peters Public School – at the kitchen garden,

St Peters Street, St Peters, NSW 2044 

ENTRY:   Gold coin donation

• Refreshments and native bee honey for sale


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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, allowing a new hive to grow independently from the first. This new hive will be donated to a school / 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.

All proceeds go to making our school a better place to learn & grow.

NATIVE BEE HIVE SPLIT Report

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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 8th 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 $150 per 2 years)

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

© 2019 St Peters Public School P&C Association

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