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  • History
  • A Rare Plant and Seed Orchard
  • Plants Filter and Clean Water
  • Native Pollinators

    The health of bushland depends upon the health of insect pollinators - without this free service, many plant species would be lost.

    • Click here to see some pollinators in action, in the Pound Bend area of the Park.
    • An insect hotel, or a bee hotel can be a fun way to get to know some of the native pollinators near you.  Holes drilled in red gum posts are very attractive for native resin bee, in the Yarra catchment area.  Click here for more information, from the ABC's Gardening Australia website.
    • For information on Australian Pollinator Week, click here.

    Indigenous plants and pollinators have evolved together, developing relationships that may aid, or be essential to each other.  Butterflies, beetles, wasps and other insects can be pollinators.  Native bees are most efficient pollinators; females visit hundreds of flowers, collecting pollen and nectar for their brood cells, incidentally pollinating the plants.

    Some native bee species are floral generalists; others depend upon a single species or group of native plants.  Likewise, some flora species depend upon pollination by a single native bee species.  Many native bees including Blue-banded Bees are buzz pollinators, unlike European Honey-bees.  This means they are able to vibrate muscles at incredibly high speeds to get flowers to release very tightly held pollen, and then go on to pollinate other flowers.  Commercial crops, such as Cherry Tomatoes also benefit from buzz pollination by native bees.

    To keep our pollinators and beneficial insects, we must avoid the use of unnecessary insecticides in the bushland and at home.  A wide range of flowering indigenous plants will help to keep a wide range of pollinator species.

  • Burgan and Birds
  • Build a Frog Bog