Bee on a flower

The Sydney initiative giving back to the bees

“There is now alarming evidence of a serious decline in birds, bees, butterflies and other pollinators. The research is conclusive but we all recognise we are not seeing the diverse nature we experienced as children.”

“This has implications for our food supply, for life. And we should not just be thinking of ourselves – the human animals – but the other species we share the earth with. But, importantly, we can help.”

We spoke with Judy, about the new BandB Highway initiative which will help birds, bees and butterflies threatened by urbanisation across Sydney. 

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Many species, including pollinators, soil organisms and the natural enemies of pests, that contribute to our ecosystem are in decline as a consequence of the destruction and degradation of habitats, overexploitation, pollution and other threats. ????????? ?????????? There is also a rapid decline in key ecosystems that deliver numerous services essential to food and agriculture, including the supply of freshwater, protection against storms, floods and other hazards, and animal habitats.????????? ?????????? Wait… but what does that mean for ME?!?!?!?!????????? Well, bees carry pollen on their bodies and transfer it from flower to flower, fertilising plants along the way through pollination and allowing the plants to reproduce. And food security research shows that improving pollinator density – in other words, making sure that more and more different types of bees and insects are coming to your plants – has direct impact on crop yields and our food supply making their role in what ends up on our dinner plate vitally important. ????????? ?????????? #savethebees #lovebees #biodiversity #insecthotel #instagardeners #gardensofinstagram #communitygarden #urbanagriculture #urbanfarm #sydneygardens #thehappygardeninglife #insectsofourworld #macro_champ #greeneconomy #renewables #pollination #harvest #honey #sustainableliving #beesofinstagram #pollinators #saveourplanet #consciousconsumer #noplanetb #consciousliving #BandBHighway

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The research also shows that cities can become biodiversity hot spots and if we encourage the right plants, we can encourage pollinators and assist in helping to make our urban environments sanctuaries for people and pollinators.

The Sydney B&B Highway is one of the first pollinator highways in Australia. Judy and her team have planned, planted and started pollinating in four different LGAs in Sydney. Which “translates to more bees, birds and butterflies!”

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It is strange to say but one of my favourite things about NZ would have to have been the bees! I'd never seen so many, from huge fuzzy bees to tiny bees, a while ago I would have run away shrieking at the site of one but now I have an appreciation for these guys! A couple of fun facts for you: ? Bees are one of the most important creatures in the world? We rely on them for almost 65% of our food! ? A honey bee will visit between 50 to 100 flowers per trip out of the hive ? They have two stomachs – one for carrying pollen the other for food ? The average honey bee will produce 1/12th of a tsp of honey in their lifetime Unfortunately, (apart from the NZ wilderness) these little guys aren't doing so well ?. With urbanisation, toxic chemical use in backyards and parks and a decrease in pollen (flowers) and habitats in big cities, their numbers are in decline. So what can we do? ? If you have a backyard or a small courtyard invest in a bee and bug hotel (pictured) this gives the bees shelter and protection when it rains but also when they are struggling to find food. ? Plant flowers (or use our bee seed bombs) or leave a teaspoon with some white sugar and honey outside for them! Give the bees something to snack on while they are out. ? Avoid using chemicals and pesticides in your garden ? Support our farmers and our bees and buy raw organic and local honey . . . . . #savethebees #beethecure #zerowaste #outdoors #ecofriendly #australia #consciousliving #ecolife #reuse #recycle #refuse #loveourplanet #planetfriendly #outdoors #lavenderfarm #lavender #sustainableliving #sustainability #environment #savetheplanet #blueplanet #nature #beauty #greenbeauty #ecolife #honey #bee #bees #healthylife #healthyliving

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With FoodFaith planning on expanding and growing the number of BnB’s around Sydney and the rest of the country. to roll out more so it would be wonderful to generate more traction.

So how can individuals get involved and help save these precious creatures? Judy shared her tips with Banish.

Judy Friedlander is an academic, journalist and the founder of FoodFaith: Planting Seeds.

To find more about the BnB Highway, head to the Green Future speaker series. Join Judy Friedlander from UTS to learn practical ways to combat climate
change in your own garden, on June 9.

Lottie Dalziel is resident sustainability guru for THE F. When she isn’t running her own eco website, Banish, you can find her hiking along NSW’s picturesque coast picking up plastic as she goes.

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