What's the buzz in your backyard? Help us find out!

Drone flyTo bee, or not to bee

Pollinators are in decline globally but are responsible for the production of a third of our food crops and 70 per cent of New Zealand native flora. 

You probably know a lot about the world's most famous pollinator, the honeybee, a managed insect used mainly for crop pollination. You might not realise that we have wild pollinators such as native bees and hoverflies that can play an equally important role in our ecosystem.

Better understanding and the promotion of wild pollinators in Christchurch will benefit our biodiversity, our food, our gardens and our native plants. Help us out by observing pollinators and plants in your garden between October and December.

Get involved

Download and print off the instructions and ID guide [PDF, 4.1 MB] to help you identify pollinators.

Head into your garden and choose a flowering plant to observe for ten minutes. Jot down whatever you see land on the flower using this tally sheet [PDF, 69 KB].

If something you don't recognise lands, remember to take a photo! 

Repeat as often as you like between October 1 and December 31.

A survey link will appear here from Monday 1 October for you to send us your data.

Register below to stay updated on the project:

Operation Nature

The Backyard Buzz project will be featured at Operation Nature(external link) at the Botanic Gardens, 11am to 3pm, Sunday 16 September. 

Come along and chat to our insect experts, grab a printed ID guide and find out more about the project. The first 500 to sign up on the day get a free hebe! 

If you have any questions, email us at BackyardBiodiversity@ccc.govt.nz