As part of the initiative for creating diverse habitats, ecosystems in the Parliament House Garden Showcase, this year (2018) Hive haven – a Sunshine Coast small business was invited to install one of their Australian Native Stingless Bee Hives in the Speakers Courtyard.
Ann and Jeff Ross – owners of Hive Haven are very excited about the idea of showcasing the native bee hive design that they’ve been working on for the past few years.
The hive will be in place from September through to April, when it will be moved to warmer locations to keep the bees thriving. Native stingless bees aren’t active in cold areas so if kept in cold locations like Canberra they can decline over Winter due to lack of being able to gather resources. Temperature data will be collected daily and sent to Hive Haven once a week. Moving hives for European Honey Bees and also Native Bees is not uncommon to help the bees find the best resources and thrive. Moving hives is also used for crop pollination where farmers will place Native and European hives on their farm to increase crop yields. Using native bees for crop pollination is also an increasing practice. This particular Native bee hive spent the last few years at the Innovation Centre’s Butterfly Garden at the University of the Sunshine Coast.
Parliament House Canberra has 23 hectares of landscaped gardens that range from Australian native bush to formal gardens. Nine hectares are native gardens with 4,500 trees and 135,000 shrubs and groundcovers where they use natural bugs to control pests and don’t use sprays.
Find out more about Hive Haven on their website: www.hivehaven.com.au
Article by Steve – nativebeehives.com
Photos supplied by Hive Haven and Jacqueline Wilson-Smith