Our B&B Highway project is always a collaboration between our team and the schools and centres we partner with. Initially, our team conducted studies at each location to determine which plants and pollinators were present and what plants we could add. This involved monitoring specific areas for a period of time to see what is observed. When combined with citizen science observations, a better understanding of pollinators in the area is formed.
Our team worked with 150 students across the three locations, to teach them about pollination, biodiversity and pollinators, as well as host practical hands-on workshops. During this time, students planted native plants, undertook biodiversity quests, gathered observations and helped install the beehives.
Students were shown how to become citizen scientist by using iNaturalist. Bondi Public School made 96 observations of flora and fauna, including native stingless bees, jumping spiders, lillipilly and coastal rosemary. These can be viewed by the global scientific community via the school B&B Bioblitz project on iNaturalist.
At our final visit, our staff remeasured the pollinator observations and installed signage to help inform and educate the families.