Native bees in the garden – with Jay Iwasaki

When we think of bees we tend to think of honey bees in the hive, or perhaps our loveable bumble bees. Appreciated and valuable – they are. But they are all introduced. One of the things that I was concerned about when I started contemplating getting honeybee hives in the garden, was what kind of impact they would have on our native bee populations. Would they compete for food for example?

Are we likely to find native bees in our back gardens here in Dunedin? How are native bees faring in New Zealand? Do they play a role in pollinating our food producing plants or our garden flowers? How can we encourage them in our gardens?

In this show, I chat about Native Bees in our Gardens with Jay Iwasaki. Jay is an Ecology PhD student in the Department of Botany and Zoology at the University of Otago. He is doing his PhD on native bees in NZ to see what impact introduced honey bees are having on their population. Just the question I have been interested in!

To listen to this programme about Native Bees please click on http://new.accessradio.org/Player.aspx?eid=e67a9fcd-b892-4db7-aab8-bb9c41c8438c

To find out more about

  •  Jay’s research – contact him at iwaja121@student.otago.ac.nz  
  • or you can listen to Radio New Zealand’s show about his work on Our Changing World – April 16th 2015

This programme was originally broadcast on  the  14th May 2015 with the help of Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Eco Living in Action is hosted by Maureen Howard and is supported by the Dunedin City Council.

Jay Iwasaki, PhD student at the University of Otago

Jay Iwasaki, PhD student at the University of Otago

The New Zealand native bee Leioproctus fulvesens

The New Zealand native bee Leioproctus fulvescens

Honey bee hive at one of Jay's study sites in the Remarkables.

Honey bee hive at one of Jay’s study sites in the Remarkables near Queenstown

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