Environment

Bee hives find home at West Beach golf course

On this World Bee Day (May 20), a historic event unfolds as a fresh colony of bees produces honey at the West Beach Parks Golf course, marking a first in South Australia.

As part of an environmental initiative to support local biodiversity, six bee hives have found a new home at Adelaide’s renowned 18-hole golf course in West Beach Parks.

Installed amidst the native trees, bushes, and grasses that compose the Patawalonga Golf Course, these hives mark a pioneering step in South Australia’s golfing landscape.

In celebration of World Bee Day on May 20th, West Beach Parks Golf acknowledges the industrious contribution of its tiny new residents.

CEO Kate Anderson highlights the symbiotic relationship between the recent biodiversity efforts, which saw the removal of non-native flora and the introduction of 31 species of native plants, and the addition of the bee hives.

“The six beehives are safely situated away from the short grass of the greens to ensure our busy bees are foraging and pollinating the 7000 native plants added to the golf course as part of our ongoing Environmental Sustainability Plan to protect and enhance local biodiversity,” said Ms Anderson.

She mentioned that the initial honey harvest took place in April, and the honey is expected to be delivered by the beekeepers in the following weeks for distribution among the staff at West Beach Parks Golf. Beekeeping duo Jorg and Sabine Pangerl, who serve as directors of Adelaide Bee Sanctuary, reported that approximately 50,000 European honeybees (Apis Mellifera) populate each hive at West Beach Parks Golf.

“Golf courses, designed with natural habitats and conservation areas that include native plants attractive to bees, can serve as valuable habitats for these pollinators, contributing to their conservation and supporting biodiversity,” said Mr Pangerl.

“While golfers frequent the courses, large areas of a golf course can remain relatively undisturbed,
providing a peaceful environment for bees to forage,” he said.

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