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  • Weeds to Wildflowers
  • A Rare Find
  • Natural Water Filtration
  • Native Pollinators

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

    Indigenous plants and pollinators have evolved together, developing relationships that are essential to each other's survival.

    • 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.

    Native bees are most efficient pollinators; females visit hundreds of flowers, collecting pollen and nectar as food for their young, incidentally pollinating the plants as they go. Butterflies, beetles, wasps and other insects can also be pollinators.

    Some native bee species are floral generalists meaning they visit many different species of plants; 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.  This means they vibrate muscles at incredibly high speeds to get flowers to release very tightly held pollen.  European Honey-bees don't have this ability to 'buzz' native flowers.

    Encourage pollinators to visit your garden.

    To encourage more native pollinators to visit your garden, plant a wide range of flowering indigenous plants and create nooks and crannies of shelter, like the insect hotels seen here.  Also, avoid the use of insecticides and herbicides in the bushland and at home.

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