Dr Scott Wilson and Dr Lizzy Lowe from Macquarie University will be presenting this workshop to help us discover the diversity of mini beasts that are out in our landscape with a particular focus on our small pollinators.
Many of us think that honey bees, in particular the European Honey bee, are our only insect pollinator. On the contrary, there are an array of butterflies, beetles, bugs and a variety of native bees that undertake this service. The Wild Pollinator Count is a citizen science project that has been collecting data twice a year on these pollinators and they need your help.
Dr Scott Wilson and Dr Lizzy Lowe will talk about the value of invertebrates as pollinators, how to identify them and how to preserve/create pollinator and invertebrate friendly garden habitat. In the practical session we will conduct a Wild Pollinator Count, collect and learn how to identify insects and bugs, in particular the native pollinators but also the myriad of spiders and other animals that inhabit plans.
This workshop will be a mix of indoor presentation and outdoor practical with morning tea included.
There will also be information on the types of plants that are important for pollinators and some native solitary bee hotels will also be available.