#PolliNationSA is a movement that encourages all gardeners to plant flowers, vegetables, herbs, fruit, and trees for bees.
Bee on a Cosmos flower
WORLD BEE DAY
Launched on World Bee Day, 20 May, the #PolliNationSA movement is a twelve-month campaign that runs until May 2021.
Learn more here about World Bee Day.
The #PolliNationSA hashtag page in Candide.
Through #PolliNationSA, we aim to recruit 100 000 South Africans to become pollinators by encouraging them to have at least one bee-friendly plant in their garden, on their stoep or in their windowsill.
By participating and posting, the #PollinationSA movement aims to educate people and make them more aware of the importance of bees, and especially more aware of bee-friendly plants all around them.
We want to show that everyone can make a difference by taking part in this positive movement by showing them how they can take action, and how easy this is to do. Each and every one of us can play a role in protecting our biodiversity and our own food security one bee-friendly plant at a time.
For the bees
At Candide, we’re devoted to helping gardeners create nurturing spaces in all shapes and forms, and our beloved bees are an integral part of this mix. Planting many different flowering herbs, plants, shrubs, and trees provides an abundance of food for these pollinating powerhouses.
There’s no underestimating the importance of having a healthy bee population. It’s an indisputable fact: we need bees to survive. They pollinate more than a third of all our food crops (that’s one in three mouthfuls) and around 90% of wildflowers.
Modern industrial agriculture, chemical pesticides, mono-cropping, habitat loss, disease, and climate change continue to have a massive impact on bee numbers around the world. That apple a day, those carrots and cucumbers would all be gone, along with many dietary items, if our bees disappeared.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
Plant a bee-friendly tree, a pot of basil on your windowsill ... or fill your garden with flowers.
Register as a pollinator
Take a picture of your bee-friendly plant and share it as a post on Candide with the hashtag #PolliNationSA.
Create a buzz
Help us spread the word to recruit as many pollinators as possible throughout South Africa by also sharing your posts on social media, with friends and family, and remember to tag us @candideappza.
STEPS TO BECOME A POLLINATOR
- Take a picture of a bee-friendly plant. Have a look at these collections in our KNOWLEDGE tab for some inspiration.
- Share this picture in a post using the hashtag #PolliNationSA.
- Once posted, you’ll receive a #PolliNationSA icon that will be added to your Candide profile pic confirming your pollinator status and you will also be added to our countrywide map on our #PolliNationSA hashtag page.
A movement encouraging South Africans to grow bee-friendly plants and to become more aware of bees.
BEES IN SOUTH AFRICA
We have an incredible diversity of indigenous bee species. There are approximately 1400 bee species in southern Africa, ranging from social bees that live in colonies to solitary bees that make their nests in the ground, resin or wood tunnels, and even kleptoparasitic bees that lay their eggs in other bees’ nests (‘cuckoo’ bees).
In South Africa Amegilla, Megachile, Lasioglossum, Patellapis, and Seladonia are common, widespread hard-working solitary bees. Capicola, Rediviva, Melitta, and Samba are solitary bee genera that mostly visit one or a few closely related flowers. They are important because where one disappears both will disappear. The two main honey bee sub-species are the African bee (Apis mellifera scutellata) and the Cape honey bee (Apis mellifera capensis).
CANDIDE SOLITARY BEE HOTEL
The Candide Solitary Bee Hotel provides solitary bees with a safe and secure place to live and breed. The hotel is a rectangular piece of untreated wood with a number of different sized holes bored into it to mimic natural breeding nests and attract solitary bees. By adding the hotel to your garden, you create a safe habitat for solitary bees and also attract these valuable pollinators to assist with pollination in your own garden.
Want to add this bee hotel to your garden or perhaps gift one to a friend? Follow this link to buy a Candide Bee Hotel.