These bee hotels made from repurposed food tins, beeswax and pampas stalks provide somewhere for pollinators to live nest and rear their young.
Without pollination we have no food, the plants that form the basis of our food require pollination. There are more than 1,500 species of Native Solitary Bees varying in appearance and size from 2mm to 10mm. Solitary Bees do not live in hives but nest and lay their young in hollow logs or twigs, old plant stems or cracks in walls.
The stalks are from seed heads of pampas grass which have been harvested to stop this environmental weed spreading. Pampas grass was planted by the Sludge Abatement Board to remedy erosion and rivers of mud that formed from frenzied gold mining activity in Central Victoria from the 1850’s onwards and turned the land upside down.