Native animals aided by feral bee removal

HUNDREDS of feral bees have been removed from tree hollows to allow native animals to use them once again.

One of Shire of Mundaring's 87 Friends Groups, Friends of Bugle Tree Gully, were successful in securing a grant from Swan Alcoa Landcare Program.

Co-ordinator Environment and Sustainability Toni Burbidge said the $5,500 grant would make a big difference to hundreds of native animals in Mundaring.

"Most of the bees that you would see at home are not actually native to Australia, rather they were introduced from Europe in 1822," she said.

"In the last few years there have been more occurrences of these bees escaping hives and spreading to bushland.

"Unfortunately this threatens our native birds, possums and bats as the bees take over tree hollows. They also out-compete our native bees, which are much smaller in size."

So far, 36 hives up to 16.5m high have been removed within the Bugle Tree Gully catchment area.

"The contractor used very specific equipment to reach these hollows, including a remote controlled cherry picker," Mrs Burbidge said.

"These hollows will be treated and we how to see native fauna begin to use these habitat spaces again. Overall, this has been a very successful project and shows how important our Friends Groups and environmental volunteers are to the help of our native environment."

The Shire administered the grant funding for the Friends of Bugle Tree Gully.

For further information for bushcare groups who would like to work on a similar program in their own reserves, contact the Shire's Bushcare Co-ordinator on 9290 6685 or email‚Äč

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