Planting trees
for bees

Honey bees aren’t native to New Zealand. From an ecological perspective, honey bees compete with birds and native insects, such as native solitary bees, for nectar and pollen. To ensure we don’t exploit the natural ecosystem and reduce the supply of nectar for our native birds and insects, we’ve substantially increased the numbers of nectar-producing shrubs and trees.

Birds such as honeyeaters have much longer tongues than bees, so they can access the nectar that bees can’t reach. As a guide, we place one hive for every three hectares of forest or scrub to ensure local birds have sufficient food resources. Our observations have confirmed that native bees continue to thrive at Tahi and we provide new nesting sites for native bees.