27 May 2024 | Clubs and Facilities |

Busy bees have brought a hive of activity to West Beach Parks

by Patrick Taylor

Beekeeper Jorg Pangerl with West Beach Park golfers. Photo: West Beach Parks Golf.

West Beach Parks Golf in Adelaide have installed six bee hives on its Patawalonga Course in amongst recently revegetated native trees, bushes, and grasses.

Part of existing sustainability plans, West Beach Parks CEO Kate Anderson and her team are in the process of returning native flora to the course, and the introduction of around 50,000 European honeybees have further bolstered the course's sustainability efforts.

Australia’s beautiful expansive spaces ensure that native flora and fauna are a highlight of many golf courses across the country, the local golf club often the first port of call if one is desperate to spot a kangaroo at short notice, however poor planning and biodiversity neglect can lead to clubs not taking full advantage of the environment their courses sit on.

The tiny new residents at West Beach Parks have been welcomed with open arms, and Anderson says it was a natural next step in their biodiversity works, after taking out non-native flora and replacing them with Australian trees and other coastal species native to the area.

“The six beehives are safely situated away from the short grass of the greens to ensure our busy bees are foraging and pollinating the 7000 native plants added to the golf course as part of our ongoing Environmental Sustainability Plan to protect and enhance local biodiversity,” said Anderson.

Directors of Adelaide Bee Sanctuary, and expert beekeepers, Jorg and Sabine Pangerl have been tasked with settling the bees in and making sure they thrive in their new environment.

Believed to be the first bee hives on a golf course in South Australia, Mr Pangerl says a golf course can be the perfect environment for bees.

“Golf courses, designed with natural habitats and conservation areas that include native plants attractive to bees, can serve as valuable habitats for these pollinators, contributing to their conservation and supporting biodiversity,” he said.

“While golfers frequent the courses, large areas of a golf course can remain relatively undisturbed, providing a peaceful environment for bees to forage."

And as for the honey, Anderson says the first harvest was in April and is expected to arrive from the beekeepers soon. The first jars to be shared by the hard-working West Beach Parks Golf staff.

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