The Native Bee BnB Project

Protecting Adelaide's native bees

Native bees will benefit from better habitat and more food, thanks to a new project involving eight councils together with Natural Resources Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges, and SA Water.

The project partners with community volunteers to build native bee hotels (BnBs) and plant native species to provide food for bees along the River Torrens Linear Park.

Why are native bees important?

Native bees are excellent pollinators of fruit trees and vegetables and are a great asset in the home garden. They also pollinate many native plants - in fact some of our native plants can only be pollinated by native bees.

The Native Bee BnB Project comes at a crucial time for bees around the world. It reflects an increased awareness of threats to bee populations and the important role that native bees play in pollinating native and non-native plants.

There are over 1600 species of native bees in Australia and an estimated 300 species that live around Adelaide and the Mount Lofty Ranges. Native bees are not aggressive and will only sting if provoked.

Learn more about how bees help our environment.

The Native Bee BnB Project is part of the River Torrens Recovery Project which has been delivering on-ground works to improve water quality and biodiversity along the urban River Torrens since 2014.

Want to help our native bees?

Anyone can support native bees by planting native food plants and providing nesting sites for them. Here are some resources to get you started:

Check out newly constructed BnBs near you

Campbelltown City Council - The Butterfly Garden, Riverbank Circuit, Lochiel Park 

City of Adelaide - Bonython Park (east of the kiosk) and Mistletoe Pak, War Memorial Drive 

City of Charles Sturt - Mountbatten Reserve, Mountbatten Terrace, Flinders Park  

City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters - St Peters Billabong 

City of Port Adelaide Enfield - Beefacres Reserve, Pittwater Drive, Windsor Gardens

City of Tea Tree Gully - The Promenade, Highbury (near footbridge across the river) 

City of West Torrens - Tracey Crescent, Lockleys

Look out for this sign near the native bee BnBs.

Native bee workshop video

Earlier this year, native bee expert Dr Katja Hogendoorn and gardening guru Sophie Thomson presented a fascinating workshop on native bees, their biology, conservation and behaviour. 

Project partners

This project has been coordinated and delivered by:

  • City of Adelaide
  • Campbelltown City Council
  • City of Charles Sturt
  • City of Port Adelaide Enfield
  • City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters
  • City of Tea Tree Gully
  • Town of Walkerville
  • City of West Torrens
  • SA Water
  • Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges
Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges