A Native Bee Workshop was held at the Coastal Environment Centre on Saturday March 1 under the guidance of bee expert Tim Heard.
40 people attended with many more on the waiting list. Attendees were introduced to the genealogy and history of native stingless bees, the life cycle and structure of the hive. In the afternoon they participated in a live demonstration of hive splitting and collecting of honey.
Given the interest shown by locals a second workshop is planned for Sunday October 12. In order to accommodate the expected numbers the course will be run as two half day courses.
In the meantime hives of native stingless bees are available from Ku-ring-gai Council T:9424 0000 or alternatively contact Wild Things by email firstname.lastname@example.org or online www.wildthings.org.au
Image: James Niland
This is one of two lyrebirds spotted on the track to the Irrawong waterfall recently by Kevin and Glenys Murray.
“They seemed oblivious to our presence scratching the leaf litter right beside the boardwalk’, said Kevin. PEF called in the Pittwater Natural Heritage Association experts for further information.
Birder Graeme Stevens thinks they are probably a mother and a juvenile given the lack of a splendid tail. The pair were also seen by Monique Kaha on her way to the Irrawong Bushcare afternoon last Saturday.
This is an exciting development, said PEF Director Marita Macrae, as we are just ending the second year of our six year bush regeneration plan for this area.
17 staff members from Mater Maria staff spent a Tuesday morning bird watching, weeding and planting native tubestock on the Ingleside escarpment of Upper Mullet Creek. The event was the brainchild of the Mater Maria Principal.
The Mullet Creek Bush Care group meets every third Saturday between 1 – 4pm at the Irrawong Waterfall. Newcomers are welcomed. All tools are provided together with a delicious afternoon tea. Sturdy shoes and a bottle of water are recommended.
The Pittwater Natural Heritage Association set up a petition to conserve a vital bushland corridor on the Warriewood escarpment behind Mona Vale, currently under the threat of residential development. The development outcome will be decided by the NSW Department of Planning. More news on this issue when it comes to hand.