Taking sting out of success

In their edible garden at Canterbury Girls High School, are students Stella Wiggins, Angela Wei, Michaelie Trenbath and Alex Scouller who are on a mission to help native Australian bees (pictured).

Story appeared in: Valley | November 8th, 2016

GETTING a real buzz out of it, Canterbury Girls High students that are part of the environmental group, have been working on a campaign to improve the situation of native Australian bees.
"We chose to do so in response to hearing about the alarming international issue - the decline in the population of honey bees," Year 10's Michaelie Trenbath said.
"Honey bees are responsible for pollinating crop species that are worth $30 billion each year, which supports 90 per cent of the food supply that circulates worldwide.
"Most fruits, nuts and vegetables are dependent on the existence of honey bees, which means that without their contribution, our ecosystems will not be able to function in an ongoing manner.
"At the moment, the population of bees are declining due to multiple factors such as climate change, urbanisation, overuse of pesticides, modern agricultural practices and the spread of monocultures which decreases the rate of biodiversity."
Michaelie says her group is planning a 'Habitat Network' of native plants in the local area to encourage the population of native bees.
"We have installed a beehive in our school which is composed of native stingless bees," she said.
"And the bees are now thriving in their new environment. Why not install your own beehive and plant purple or blue flowers that are specifically appealing to the bees, or maybe even just planting more native plants or an organic and edible garden that is bee-friendly."

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Publication: Valley | Section: News | Author: Cindy Lynch | Story ID: 122741 | Viewcount: 2219