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Native Bee BnB Project Trail

Posted on 19 May 2020

May 20 is World Bee Day and the perfect opportunity to raise awareness of the important role bees and other pollinators play in our ecosystem.

Bees pollinate almost 80 per cent of our food and many of our native plants, so providing suitable habitat is essential – especially in urban environments where it’s harder for bees to find suitable food plants and homes.

To assist our native bees, eight local councils - including the City of Adelaide - partnered with the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board to install native bee hotels along the River Torrens, from the hills to the sea.

We have three right here in the city! So, why not hop on your bike and visit our native bee hotels via the trail below?

Did you know in Australia, there are more than 1,600 species of native bees and at least 300 of those can be found in Adelaide and the Mount Lofty Ranges?

The City of Adelaide is continually working on exciting projects to improve the health of our local environment. Visit our Biodiversity Projects page to find out more.

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Make your own bee hotel

Follow our simple DIY Bee Hotel instructions, and make your own little bee haven for your backyard!

What you'll need:
• An empty 400ml pull-ring tin
• A bundle of bamboo stakes
• Secateurs
• Twine

Full instructions

Plant a range of native plants that flower from early spring to late autumn to attract more bees.