Once you discover these incredible little
bee-ings in your backyard I guarantee you will fall in-love with them as much as I have.
I've been a community native bee advocate, educating and spreading the awareness of them, since early 2012. Whether it's visiting primary schools, installing bee gardens and bee hotels in local areas or public speaking at large festivals and field days - each and every one of them has been with the same aim:
And this is to foster a natural fascination in our native bees, which often results in acts of nurturing and protection and ultimately leads to informed individuals contributing towards species conservation in their very own backyards.
When we think of bees and pollination we automatically think of the honey bee that has become well established throughout the country. But this is an introduced species and has only been on our continent for around 200 years. The native bee species in our gardens have been here millions of years
As they co-evolved in a mutualistic relationship with our native plants they developed traits that ensured they’re the Master Pollinators to our native plants. Therefore they’re a critical part to the continued existence of our diverse native flora species.
Native bee species differ greatly in appearance and behaviour. Some are tiny and inconspicuous, others large and strikingly attractive. Some are hairy and fuzzy like teddy bears, others are black and shiny and some are even black with polka dots! They are harmless to people and the females will only sting if caught, squeezed or prodded.
Did you know that Australia has over 1600 different species of Native Bees, some of which around 800 occur in Western Australia? In my garden I have counted over 30 species so far ~ scroll down to see just some of ones captured on camera
"Native Beeeze- Tracy presented a well researched and passionate presentation on how to promote & nurture Native Bees in your garden and their absolute importance for the pollination of our native flowering plants. The range of feedback really reflected how Tracy can relate to children and adults with humour, great repartee, facts and myth busting"
Lesley - South West Womens Health & Info Centre
The native bees are mostly solitary, therefore they don’t live in a hive or have a social structure with a Queen and worker bees. The solitary female bee makes her own nest either in the ground or in cavities like old wood borer holes in tree trunks. After mating she carries out all the nesting duties by choosing the perfect location, preparing the nest, laying her eggs and collecting all food to store in the nest for her developing babies to eat.
Australia has a small number of social, stingless native bees that live in a hive and produce a small amount of bush honey each year. They do not occur in my region in the SW of Western Australia. All of the native bees in my garden are solitary, semi social and their role in the ecosystem is purely as pollinators. Pollination is just a handy side effect of their foraging.
These bee-utiful bee-ings are an exceptionally important part of our backyard and in fact, all of the Earth's ecosystems.
Contact me to find out more on my presentations and workshops on Native Bees
St Brigid's Primary School
native bee sessions 2018
"The students were engaged and absolutely enthralled by these lessons, as were the teachers! The kids have spoken about these lessons many times and I’m often approached by students telling me about the activity now occurring in their bee hotels they got to make and take home. This was truly hands on, engaged learning at its best! I would highly recommend Tracy’s workshops to any school or other learning environment for a comprehensive, articulate, informative and enjoyable presentation"
St Mary MacKillop College
native bee session 2019
"Thank you so much for coming in and doing the workshop with my students yesterday - they were "buzzing'" (pardon the pun!). I was so pleased to see how much they were able to contribute as well as all the new concepts you shared with them. It was a perfect balance of theory and practical learning"
Busselton Dunsborough Environment Centre native bee session 2018
"The Busselton-Dunsborough Environment Centre had the pleasure of engaging and working together with Tracy Lansdell to facilitate a Native Bee Gardens workshop for the Busselton community. Such was the interest we had participants from neighbouring towns attend as well.Tracy has exceptional knowledge of native bees and ways of attracting them into the garden and making bee hotels. The audience was captured by her presentation throughout the two hour workshop and we received very good feedback from many participants afterwards. We can highly recommend Tracy’s workshops on native bees and would love to work with her again in the near future"