Pollinator corridors are plantings designed for year-round flowering for a wide range of pollinators including native bees, butterflies and moths and birds.
Native bees only have a foraging distance of 500 metres, so providing year-round flowering
(particularly December – April) is important in Summer when there are peak populations seeking a bee banquet of flowers!
ACT for Bees has been collaborating with Ginninderry development in West Belconnen to integrate pollinator corridors into the initial planning of the development and we’re very excited to have the support from the ACT Government for this proposal which will support local biodiversity as well.
We’ve held a very successful event in April 2021 which attracted a broad range of people from Urban Design, Landscape Architecture, Planning and Development Industries – both private and government sectors
The event was focused on increasing awareness of the importance of planting for urban sustainability, biodiversity and local food production and the opportunities and challenges faced through the process!
Julie Armstrong - Founder
ACT for Bees & Other Pollinators
An overview of the issues for pollinators and what we can all do to support their health in Australian urban environments.
Biodiversity needs bees
Planning Pollinator Corridors
Plants & Landscaping
Karin Kemp & Olivia Ward
Karin Kemp of Redbox Design Group Landscape Architects outlines the details of how they planned for planting for year-round flowering for native bees at Ginninderry. Olivia shows a beautifully designed native bee hotel and pollinator garden at Kingston shops ACT.
Urban Planting Calendar
Urban Forest Strategy 2021
Heat mapping project
Cameron Pensini & Christine Ramplin
Australian National Botanic Gardens Conference
Maximising Biodiversity by Supporting Pollinators
ACT for Bees and Landcare ACT held this event in 22nd February 2020 after a very intense Summer of widespread fires that destroyed an estimated 10 million hectares (100,000 sq kms) of land, 28 people have died and over a billion animals are estimated to have been killed. The actual loss of insects was not estimated. Pollinators are critical to maintaining the natural pollination process for seed production and renewal of our landscape and there are disturbing reports from world wide about their loss.
There has been significant impact of fires and drought across Australia on widespread communities and the natural environment. Many native forests have been burnt that are vital for the health and well being of native bees, European Honey bees and pollinators of many species that are crucial for biodiversity and healthy ecosystems.
It is now even more important for us to plant for and maintain our urban gardens and parklands to protect our bees, butterflies, birds and local wildlife.
How to create urban refuges
Planting & saving seeds
Nature in the city
Janine Baines - Horticulturist
Caroline Le Couteur
ACT Government MLA
Importance of planting trees
Ms Nicole Lawder
ACT Governemt MLA
City living for pollinators
Prof. Saul Cunningham - Researcher
Plant species for urban landscapes