DECLINING BEE POPULATIONS
As a nation, the decline in our bee populations presents itself as a very real issue and a threat to the future pollination of our gardens and food supplies.
These declines have been caused largely by changing agricultural practices and urban encroachment on the countryside, and now more than ever, there is a need to look to alternative bee species.
In a nutshell, we need more bee pollinators to save our food supply and here at BeeGAP we recognise the importance of addressing this problem.
The solution rests with increasing the solitary, native bee population – something we discuss in the next tab, so be sure to read on.
Meanwhile, the problem is waiting to be solved, so let’s get started.
ALTERNATIVE POLLINATION OPTIONS
As we’ve said, the solution is to look at alternative bee species – and what better than the gentle, rarely stinging leafcutter bee.
The leafcutter bees are highly efficient and can help supplement pollination of up to 1/3 of our food source.
Problem solved, you say? Well, not quite.
While these species are fantastic, we need more of them . . . lots more – and that’s where you come in.
Check out the next tab to find out how you can be a crucial part of the movement going forward, and be sure to get your Starter Kit lined up to get underway >>>>>.
CLIMB ON BOARD
So, how can you help?
Simply join BeeGAP and become a part of our community striving for great success.
BeeGAP is a program that has been established to raise awareness and assist gardeners to encourage and add pollinators to their gardens. Give these bees a home, complete our free, online mini-course and play your part in achieving a lofty, but worthwhile vision moving forward.
Dr. Barry Donovan
In consultation with world renowned entomologist Dr. Barry Donovan, of Donovan Scientific Research, based in Lincoln, BeeGAP’s parent associate Creative Woodcraft have created products to assist in reaching these goals.
These wildlife products have been carefully designed to ensure the following:
1) Better pollination for the home gardener
2) Shelter and nesting options for bee species
3) Increased yields
4) Provides an ideal alternative as a key pollinator
The vision to bring awareness of our all-important pollinator with alternative bees to supplement the troubled honey bee pollinators is at the forefront of this movement. While our focus lies with the solitary, gentle bee which is easy to raise and outstanding at pollination – we also place heavy emphasis on encouraging the introduction of bumble bees to your garden.
The NZ BeeGAP (Gardeners Adding Pollinators) solution is a long-reaching program that enlists urban/suburban gardeners to raise leafcutter bees and introduce and encourage bumble bees for their own food gardens.
Gardeners benefit with healthy garden yields, the food supply benefits by increasing the population of efficient bee pollinators and excess leafcutter bees can be shared with other gardeners.
In summary, it’s a win-win for everyone.
SPEAK UP FOR THE BEES
The BeeGAP Speakers’ Network is the ideal way to help actively spread the message of pollination far and wide, and with our easy to manage resources – we’re certain you’ll have a blast.
At this point, we have reached you, but now we need to reach your friends, family, work colleagues and next door neighbours. Ultimately, we need to reach everyone.
In becoming a recognised BeeGAP Speaker, you will have full access to power-point presentations, handouts, and expert tips to share with any audience.
As a speaker, you are participating in a nationwide effort to spread the message that bees are needed today in the garden to keep food on the table tomorrow. Leafcutter bees are highly efficient pollinators of fruits, vegetables and blooming flowers and as one of our few managed bees, they are also an effective supplement to the challenged honey bee for food pollination.
By having a network of speakers right around the country, we are confident the vital messages and actions BeeGAP stand for will start to be heard. In turn, this results in significantly more pollinated flowers, increased yields and more importantly, sustained food on the table for generation to come.