BEE Friendly Cities & Natural Pest Control

For the Love of Bees New Zealand

Can you imagine New Zealand becoming a giant pollinator sanctuary?

Would you like to co-create a future that is not only sustainable, but regenerative?

We welcome you to join our nationwide collaboration!

We’re making climate-readiness an exciting journey.

Read on to see how bees can be the entry point to regenerating your commons as a community.

A City Bee Collaboration in Auckland NZ , “We inspire collaborative participation in the regeneration of the planet, sparked by our shared love for bees”. Inspired by sustainability and wellness, the OMG will be a living example of the role of urban farming in achieving a sustainable and regenerative food system for Auckland. We wish to inspire local residents, businesses and communities in the uptown neighbourhood to learn new concepts and gain practical skills, on how to grow nutrient dense food by using organic and biodynamic principles, in an open access teaching hub.

CAN CITIES SAVE BEES?

How can urban habitats be made to serve pollinator conservation? An informative ’roundtable’ of researchers & ecologists world wide, including Caragh Threlfall (Uni of Melbourne)  focussing on how the story of the importance of pollinators can be told and supported. Dr Caragh Threlfall’s research is focussed on understanding the impact of urban form on biodiversity, measuring the services biodiversity provides across urban landscapes, and assessing the effectiveness of urban greening for biodiversity conservation. Caragh Threlfall is also involved in Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub (CAUL) an interdisciplinary team funded under the Australian Governments National Environmental Science Program which is focussed on researching air quality, urban ecology, urban planning, urban design, public health and green infrastructure in Australia.

Why Bee Friendly Cities are the Key to World Food Security.

If you start losing pollinators it affects not only the biodiversity in the landscape as they are pollinating not only our food, but the food for a wide range of birds and small mammals. Often the species in decline have very close associations with the local indigenous plants of the region and they co-evolved together. According to community ecologist Dr. Mick Hanley, “Biodiversity needs to be incorporated into urban planning in a much more strategic way than it has been done so far.” The  2016 study from Plymouth University found that cities can provide vital refuges for insect pollinators.

BEE Friendly cities include a number of European cities involved in BEE WeekStroud UK Toronto,and Shorewood USA. They have dramatically reduced pesticide use or banned neonicotinoid usage in public spaces including schools, parks and roadside plantings.  Here are Strategies to reduce pesticide use in your local electorate.

Bee City USA fosters ongoing dialogue in urban areas to raise awareness of the role pollinators play in our communities and what each of us can do to provide them with healthy habitat.
The Bee City USA program endorses a set of commitments, defined in a resolution, for creating sustainable habitats for pollinators, which are vital to feeding the planet.
​Incorporated cities, towns, counties and communities across America are invited to make these commitments and become certified as a Bee City USA affiliate.

PESTICIDE FREE TOWNS

Around the world there is a growing movement of towns and cities taking serious measures to reduce pesticide usage for the health of the pollinators, Water and people.

In 2009 the European Union Member States approved the Directive on Sustainable Use of Pesticides (SUDP) with a growing number of towns going pesticides-free. We can learn from the examples of Belgium, Brussels, Denmark, Flanders, France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Wallonia who are banning the use of pesticides in public places! Great Policy directives and ways to initiate this in your town.

Beyond Pesticides works with allies in protecting public health and the environment to lead the transition to a world free of toxic pesticides.

CHEMICAL FREE LANDCARE and why it’s good practice.

Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare has been focussed on an Ecological Restoration approach towards conservation rather than a ‘War on Weeds’. Given the tropical climate and rapid growth of plants, it’s very inspiring to see their commitment. With a focus on two key areas:

  1. Bush Regeneration: we seek to maximise habitat for all indigenous species (not just plants) and to contribute to the recognition of our place in the Australian environment.
  2. Public Spaces: we need to reduce environmental and community health risks during landscaping and management of our public spaces.

Well worth looking at their website and contacting them for more information. The weed management section is very comprehensive. There is also a section on Herbicide Myths  

Natural Pest Management You Can Use in Your Garden

  • Learn about companion planting  where particular plants grown together flourish and are stronger.
  • Gardening Australia has a wide range of home made remedies for all sorts of insect pests.
  • Integrated Pest Management is a great guide by Canberra Organic Growers Group about how to manage pests & diseases using a range of strategies.
  • Biodynamic preparations help to improve the vitality of the soil, so increasing the vigour of the plants to be more resistant to pests and diseases and also to increase the nutritional value of the food.
  • Diatomaceous Earth has also been used as an effective treatment for Elm Tree Leaf Beetle instead of Imidacloprid (most commonly used neonicotinoid pesticide).

BEE AWARE! Natural Pesticides Neem Oil and Pyrethrum are very toxic to bees. Try garlic spray for persistent unwelcome visitors!