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Bees play a vital part in the pollinating of our veggie patches as well as our native plants and gardens. Approximately 80% of the food we eat relies on pollination in the process of growing and farming that food.

On occasions especially during spring, when the weather warms up, there will be an increase in the movement of bees and bees may swarm into an undesired location requiring relocation.

Native Bees B'n'B

The City of Charles Sturt in conjunction with our partner councils, the cities Adelaide, Port Adelaide Enfield, Tea Tree Gully, Campbelltown, West Torrens, Norwood Payneham St Peters, Walkerville, and our funding partner the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board will be creating Native Bee ‘n’ Bug hotels along our iconic River Torrens.

Native bees are the seemingly mysterious creatures that can make our tomatoes taste better, help pollinate our veggie gardens and live a very different lifestyle to honey bees. They are also important pollinators for many of our native plant species.There are at least 200 different kinds of native bees in South Australia and more than 1650 in Australia and about 20,000 species world wide – and that number is growing as more species are identified.

To learn all about these fascinating and sometimes elusive insects that can be as small as 2mm and live in all sorts of places like hollow stems and dirt, you can watch a very informative online presentation that we live streamed on our Facebook page recently. Join Australia's foremost native bee expert Dr Katja Hogendoorn and South Australia's very own gardening megastar Sophie Thomson from our recent event giving information all about these brilliant bees and how you can build your very own native bee and bug hotel:

Join us in helping build the hotels along the river at community busy bee building days in each of the eight Councils:

Proposed Dates for Busy Bees – (please note these are proposed at this stage and are subject to change)

City of Adelaide  4 April - information night, 19 May

City of Charles Sturt 27 May

City of West Torrens 2 June

City of Tea Tree Gully 10 June  

City of Port Adelaide Enfield  24 June

City of Campbelltown 30 June or 1 July

City of NPSP and Town of Walkerville TBC


You can even make your own at home by following our fact sheets and plant bee food!

Gardening for native bees (348 kb)

Bee hotels for native bees(591 kb)

Materials for community bee hotels (448 kb)

Native Bee Project Art Work

Bee Swarm Relocation - Private Property

During the warmer weather, bees may form a colony outside of the hive (swarming). This is their way of trying to get cool or establishing a colony and can for some people be quite concerning due to their size and the amount of bees present. Generally during this state, the bee colony is not aggressive as they are trying to protect the queen.

As Council does not provide a service to relocate bees from private property, we recommend that you do not attempt to remove a bee colony yourself as this is a specialised task. Instead, contact one of the many organisations and individuals that are pleased to help you, and help the bees find a more suitable place to make their home. The South Australia’s Beekeepers Society provides a list of people and contact phone numbers who can remove and relocate bees for a fee:  or you can contact Adelaide Bee Sanctuary on 0412 967 991 or on their website:

Further information regarding bee keeping can be located at Biosecurity SA and Beekeepers' Society of SA.

Bee Swarm Relocation - Council Property

Bee swarm relocation - council property

Council will relocate bees from council land if it has been identified that the bees are causing a risk to public health and safety. Please call our Customer Contact Team on 8408 1111 to report a bee swarm that is causing a nuisance or is a public health and safety risk in your area and they will arrange for its relocation as soon as possible.

Adelaide Bee Sanctuary


Remember that we need bees for our environment and food production and swarm relocation rather than destruction (where possible) is the choice that is good for all of us.

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