The survival and propagation of the Ligurian bee is critical to its survival. Over half of the bees' habitat has been burnt to the ground, hundreds of hives have been lost and nectar and pollen sources wiped out in the bushfire.
The Ligurian bee is an essential component of our Australian and international agriculture success, providing pollination services as well as beautiful honey for the Australian bush.
The Ligurian bee has proved itself as a defence against attacks from Varroa and Trachael mites (which have been known to wipe out whole colonies of other bees rapidly) when exported to other parts of the world from the pristine, protected environment of Kangaroo Island.
The Ligurian bee has a long and successful heritage on Kangaroo Island having first arrived on the island in 1884. They have been protected by an Act of South Australian Parliament since 1885 and now the only pure strain of Ligurian Bee in the world is on Kangaroo Island - due in part to the forethought of the SA Parliament’s Act.
Without ongoing breeding capability the Ligurian bee is under threat of extinction. With hundreds of hives lost in fire grounds between Stokes Bay and the south coast, breeding Queens have been reduced to critical numbers. Funding is required to purchase more hives for breeding and propagating pure Ligurian Queen bees so that the species can continue its important Agricultural work both in Australia and overseas.
This campaign has been setup by a friend of Stephen's (Helen Sampson) as he didn't have access to the internet, or power, for several days during the peak of the bushfires. Now that Stephen has access via the internet he is also administering this campaign. All money will go directly to Stephen Heatley to buy new hives, hive stands and Queen Bee breeding equipment in the hope that the strong Queens can help replenish the national stock of this important insect.
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