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Story: Sally Eberhardt
Oct 22, 2020
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Become the bee’s knees by taking part in the Wild Pollinator Count.

Bees and other pollinators are a vital to both nature and food crops, yet we don’t know a lot about them. Everyday Australian’s are being asked to help uncover more about these insects during Wild Pollinator Count week.

You can contribute to the knowledge from the comfort of your own yard in this fun activity ideal for both families and individuals. You don’t need to be an insect expert and you don’t need any fancy gear – join in by watching any flowering plant for just ten minutes sometime during the count week.

Co-founder of the Wild Pollinator Count, Karen Retra, said the Wild Pollinator Count offers a chance to get to know some of the pollinator insects in your garden.

“We’re all familiar with the honeybee, but which other insects are working away without us noticing? Stop for ten minutes to look – you may be surprised.”

“The project has resources to help you recognise the types of insects you see, and you can share your observations with us via the online submission form during our count period from 8 November to 15 November,’ Karen said.

Brighton resident Charmaine Renaud, a traditional Chinese medicine practitioner, said she is looking forward to participating in the Wild Pollinator Count as she loves to have harmony in her life.

“One of my things is enjoying nature, especially my garden. This is why I have erected a native bee house to help pollinate flowers and create a natural balance in the area.” Charmaine said.

As well as helping us learn about the insects in our gardens, the Wild Pollinator Count collects information to help better understand which insects are visiting which flowers, and where, across Australia. While there are thousands of insect species, and many are potential pollinators, very little is known about their habits and range. The Wild Pollinator Count gives you a chance to contribute to help build this picture.

For more information about identifying insects, how to count pollinators, and to submit your observations, go to wildpollinatorcount.com.

Wild Pollinator Count
Sunday 8 November – Sunday 15 November
For 10 minutes anytime during the day or over multiple days In your garden

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