Small and vital, bees work together for the good of the whole ecosystem. They are excellent pollinators who bring the abundance of food to our gardens and farms by transferring pollen as they collect the nectar and pollen from the flowers.

A Community Arts Project initiated by Julie Armstrong to raise awareness of the importance of bees for pollination for a whopping 2/3 of our food production. Fruit and nuts including apples, almonds, avocados, cherries, kiwifruit, apricots, peanuts, blueberries, plums, mangos, oranges, peaches, pears, watermelon and honeydew melons. Vegetables and seeds including beans, broccoli, carrots,cucumbers, cauliflower, celery, onions, pumpkins, squash and sunflowers. Livestock feed including clover and lucerne all depend on honeybees for pollination.

What is your favourite food on the Global Hive?

World Bee Day Celebrations

ACT for Bees was involved in BIG celebrations of pollinators at Parliament House and at the Swedish Embassy in 2018 & 2019. The Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Canberra, The Embassy of Sweden, The Embassy of Switzerland, and other Nordic Embassies including Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Estonia, Parliament House, Canberra Region Beekeepers, Capital Region Farmers Market, Hall Rotary, Australian National Botanic Gardens and Bush Blitz, Wheen Bee Foundation, Australian Honey Bee Industry Association, Rotary for Bees, Pure Pod, CSIRO, IKEA and Bunnings.

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Bee Friendly Hall Village

We, the community of Hall village and district, are committed to embracing bee friendly practices for the benefit of biodiversity , public health, water and soil health.

We will establish and maintain plantings of pollinator safe habitat in public spaces and in our gardens. Would your community like to use this as a basis for a ‘Bee Friendly Community’ in your region? Read more about the  Hall Village Community Charter

Australian Pollinator Week

November 6–14 November 2021, . Australian Pollinator Week acknowledges our important and unique insect pollinators during our southern spring. It is a designated week when community, business and organisations can come together to raise awareness fo the important pollinators and support their needs. Find events near you, join in the Wild Pollinator Count or create an event!

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Australian Wild Pollinator Count

The Wild Pollinator Count gives you an opportunity to contribute to wild pollinator insect conservation in Australia. We invite you to count wild pollinators in your local environment and help us build a database on wild pollinator activity. You can join in by watching any flowering plant for just ten minutes sometime in our count week. Find out how to count pollinators, identify the insects you see and submit your observations through the links at the top of the page.

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Bee Curriculums for classrooms

We have partnered with  Cool Australia- Learn for Life to create an exciting ‘Love Food? Love Bees! curriculums for Early Childhood, years 5/6 and High School as well.  They can be downloaded from the Cool Australia website and taken straight into the classroom & also practically outside in the garden! We love the way Cool Australia curriculums are easy to use, focussed on sustainability and empower students to take action for the good of the world. Check out these curriculum materials through our website.

March 2022. We have just received a report from Cool Australia about the reach of  the ‘Love Food? Love Bees!’ education material since August 2016, >500,000 students have participated in this program Australia wide!
We’ve just added a unit on Australian native bees to the Year 5/6 curriculum which has already had very positive reviews from teachers.Well worth using in spring when the native bees emerge again.
Check the FREE resources out and find out why they are one of Cool Australia’s top performing resources. 


ACT For Bees Success With ACT Government

Exciting news! The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government has adopted ACT for Bees additions in their review of the ACT Government MIS25 Urban Landscape Planting List.

Developers and government bodies can only use plants on this list. The list now includes our data on flowering times, nectar, pollen, seed resources, the species of forager (whether it be bees, butterflies, birds) and habitat for native mammals. It guides choosing plants for flowering throughout the year, which species are the best for long periods of flowering and also indicates medium or high nectar and pollen production.

The review focussed on selecting species which are suited for an increasingly hot climate and also includes Ngunnawal cultural notes.