INCURSION

THE SUPER POLLINATORS

AUSSIE NATIVE BEES

Stage 1, 2 or 3 (Years 1-6)

ENQUIRIES & BOOKINGS

Australia hosts about 2000 amazing native bee species, vital for the pollination of plants and ecosystem health.

This dynamic workshop aims to create informed and passionate bee enthusiasts via an engaging presentation and hands-on learning experience.

THE SUPER POLLINATORS INCURSION

The Super Pollinators Incursion is a rich hands on learning experience designed to ignite interest and proactive conservation for Australian bees. This incursion makes a fabulous support for understanding pollination processes, paddock-to-plate themes, sustainability and lifecycles. The Incursion is comprised of a presentation for the entire student cohort followed by a building workshop conducted in class groups:

PRESENTATION

Featuring vibrant imagery and fun activities, this awe-inspiring presentation stimulates curiosity and reinforces essential environmental themes appropriate for each stage such as:

  • Bee diversity, needs, behaviour and life cycles

  • The importance and process of pollination

  • Local species and ecosystems

  • Agricultural productivity and human well-being

  • Threats to bees and pollination services

  • Plan Bee – Bees for sustainability and biodiversity

  • Bee Aware – Creating habitat for local bee species

Allow 30-45 minutes depending on stage & curiosity (Q&A session).

WORKSHOP

Make an insect hotel for local native bee species! A timber insect hotel is supplied as a 5-piece kit for group assembly using simple tools and instruction provided. Each hotel requires 10 nails, and insertion of bamboo. The hotel can be decorated post workshop. The workshop includes viewing of our amazing invertebrate collection, models and information display.

Allow about 1 hour depending on stage and numbers per workshop.
ENQUIRIES & BOOKINGS

WHY BUILD A BEE HOTEL?

The installation of an insect hotel provides an incredible opportunity to witness bee and other invertebrate activity, enhance local biodiversity and encourages children to educate their friends and family.

NSW NESA SYLLABUS LINKS

GEOGRAPHY

FEATURES OF PLACES (GE1-1,2)

PLACES ARE SIMILAR AND DIFFERENT (GE2 – 1,2,3)

THE EARTH’S ENVIRONMENT (GE2 – 1,2,3)

FACTORS THAT SHAPE PLACES (GE3 – 1,2,3)

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

LIVING WORLD (ST1-3 | 4LW-S, ST2 & 3 5LW-T)

SKILLS (ST1-3 | 1WS-S)

MATERIAL WORLD (ST3-7MW-T)

Download Scientific Rationale for bee conservation

THE SUPER POLLINATORS – INFORMATION SHEETS

Instructions to make your own insect hotel from our kit

The Basic Buzz – A book about bees for teachers and students

Instructions to make your own insect hotel from scratch

Who is in my bee hotel? ID your guests

Bee in the know – instructions to install your insect hotel

Pollinator Survey – Pollinators in the school yard

Make your own mud brick for blue-banded bees

The Super Pollinators –  Super Puzzles

INCURSION PRICES

Team Buzzy

$1200*per student
  • Presentation for all students
  • 1 insect hotel per 5 students (to keep!)
  • Display including models and over 200 preserved invertebrates
  • * Minimum $450 ($12 pp above 35 students)
  • Maximum 5 workshops per day (max 2 classes per workshop)
  • Travel costs may apply

VIRTUAL PACK

Virtual Buzzy

$40000includes:
  • 1 hour live virtual presentation for all (incl. Q&A)
  • 5 insect hotel kits delivered to your school to assemble post workshop (just byo hammer!)

MADE A HOTEL? WHAT NEXT?

Paint it

Paint your hotel in non toxic (child friendly) floral coloured paint! Finish with eco-friendly lacquer – supplied to school workshops.

Watch It

Do not stand in the flight path of your bee guests – observe from the side

Most solitary bees have an annual cycle. Females’ lays eggs over summer then die. The young over-winter in the nest & hatch in spring – it may take several cycles for them to find your hotel. Other insects may like it too – it’s good habitat!

Many solitary bee species can sting you, however they are not aggressive and it is very rare for them to do so

Place It

Secure your B & B 1-2 m above ground where it receives morning sun, afternoon shade & minimal weather exposure. It can be undercover on a veranda, on a fence post or under a tree!

Report It

Monitor & report insect activity on the Questagame or iNaturalist app to build our knowledge about bee behaviour and distribution – it uploads to the Atlas of Living Australia.

Participate in bee surveys such as Pollinator Week.

Inspire others – Talk it up – add a story about your Super Pollinators project to our Facebook page.

Get Planting

Feed your bees! Flowers in different colours & shapes – exotics & local natives – something in flower all the time!

Ask your local community or council nursery about local plants for local fauna – very important to maintain plant host relationships for pollinators!

Download ‘Bee Friendly’ (resources and links page) for bee attracting plants

The closer your hotel to flowers, the less flight time required to collect pollen & nectar for the brood & the more eggs can be laid! More bees!

Leave some bare earth & dead wood for nesting.

Chemicals and pesticides can kill bees – BEE friendly!

Repeat

Once the young emerge they will not reuse that cavity, so replace the content with bamboo, curled bark, pithy stems or drilled rounds for new uptake.

Different species seek different size holes – provide a range of 2-9 mm holes.

Make another hotel – salvaged untreated recycled hardwood is ideal. Build a box or reclaim a small drawer – get creative!