The Buzz Blog

Welcome to our blog 'The Buzz'.  Here we will keep you updated on what is happening in the world of bees and honey and anything else that we think you would be interested in.  If there is a topic you would like to hear about drop us an email and I'll see what we can do.


NZ Garden Bird Survey

Written by Stephanie on June 26th, 2019.      0 comments

Garden SurveyNow, this is a great event to be part of!  It's the yearly 'Garden Bird Survey'.  By surveying birds in our gardens, parks or school grounds, we can help Landcare Research learn more about NZ's common and widespread birds as well as inform future conservation efforts.

The survey runs from Saturday 29th June until Sunday 7th July.  Just choose a day that suits you, grab a comfy seat and binoculars and look and listen in your garden for one hour.  For each species record the highest number seen at any one time (not the total seen over the hour).  

You can find out more details on their website and record your data on the online form.  There are  identification and tally sheets as well. 

Last time we did the survey in our home garden in Horsham Downs, Hamilton we recorded:
4 x fantail
5 x greenfinch
2 x myna
1 x song thrush
2 x starling
2 x tui
12 x welcome swallows
1 x Kaka - we couldn't believe it when we saw it in our tree!
 
Topics: Enviromental
 

Sweetree Fuels Up & Coming Waikato Rower

Written by Stephanie on June 17th, 2019.      0 comments

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We are very proud to be sponsoring Daniel Bridgwater, a young passionate Waikato rower, in his goal to compete for New Zealand and contest for gold in the 2020 Olympics. 

He is a huge fan of Sweetree honey, and uses it both as a fuel during his training and as a delicious treat during his day to day life. Now Sweetree honey and bee pollen will fuel him and keep him healthy the whole way through training for his aspirations.  

We wish you the very best Daniel and look forward to seeing some of your up and coming races!



 
Topics: , Support
 

Get Ready for Plastic Free July

Written by Stephanie on June 11th, 2019.      0 comments

Plastic Free July is just around the corner and with a ban on plastic bags about to start now is a great time to get organised!

We've got two great options for you:
 

Produce Bags

This multi pack includes 2 x large (10" x 15" or 25.4 x 38.1 cm) and 1 x small (8" x 8" or 20.3cm x 20.3cm) bags.  Conveniently available in two handy sizes to use and reuse when shopping for fruit and vegetables. 
 
These bags are made from sustainably produced, Certified Organic, unbleached Indian cotton - 100% biodegradable.

Purchase Produce Bags here

 
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Bulk Bin Bags

This multi pack includes 3 x Bulk Bin Bags (11" x 7" or 28.5cm x 18cm) & 108 blank stickers for product codes.
 
These bulk bin bags when shopping for loose bulk bin items such as pasta, legumes, lentils, and seeds.
 
These bags are made from premium, sustainably produced, certified organic, unbleached Indian cotton - 100% biodegradable.

Purchase Produce Bags here

 
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Check out all our shopping bags!

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World Environment & Arbor Day

Written by Stephanie on June 5th, 2019.      0 comments

Today is 'World Environment Day' and 'Arbor Day'!  It's a great reason to get out there and do something to help our environment, whether it's catching the bus, biking to work, planting trees, tidying up trees, picking up rubbish on a bush track, beach, park or along the road; every little bit helps!  

 

World Environment Day

world environment day wallpapers environmental awareness nature green savelife pollution clean 12-648World Environment Day is the United Nations’ most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Since it began in 1974, it has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries.  It is an t is an opportunity to raise awareness and promote action on national environmental issues. 

World Environment day is a day for people to do 'something' to take care of the Earth or become an agent for change.  We can act locally, national or globally; as in individual or as a group.

This year's theme is ‘Beating Air Pollution’, where everyone is called on to reduce air pollution, here's some things we can do:
  • Use public transport or car sharing, cycle or walk
  • Turn off the car engine when stationary, or better still look into purchasing hybrid or electric car
  • Reduce consumption of meat and dairy to help cut methane emissions
  • Compost organic food items and recycle non-organic trash
  • Switch to high-efficiency home heating systems and equipment
  • Save energy: turn off lights and electronics when not in use


Arbor Day


Arbor day is the day of the year when people are encouraged to plant and care for trees.  The first arbor day was in USA in 1872 when a Julius Morton began a large scale planting of trees to beautify his town and encouraged others to do the same.  It took off and now many countries observe this day as a special day to plant and tend to trees.

Arbor Day is an excellent opportunity to take stock of the trees on your property and plan for the future. Inspect your trees, note any broken branches or evidence of disease or insect infestation. Think about how planting new trees might improve the look of your property or provide wind or heat protection.

This arbor day get involved in a local reserve native tree planting initiative!  There are plenty of events happening around the country you could take part in, search online.  
 
Topics: , Enviromental
 
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