Did you know that there are over 1,700 species of bee in Australia?

Why it's good for farmers:

  • Improved pollination outcomes
  • Support for habitat management practices
  • Bioregional planting guides
  • Access to subsidies for tree planting
  • Enhanced biodiversity, healthier local ecosystems
  • Customer-facing certification

Why it's good for pollinators:

  • Reduced pesticide use
  • More forage plants
  • Year-round forage
  • Availability of drinking water
  • More nesting habitat

FAQs

[NB: Please see theBFF AU websitefor up-to-date info.]

  • Offer floral resources to provide good nutrition for bees on at least 3% of land. Floral resources include cover crops, if they are left to bloom.
  • Provide bloom of different flowering plants throughout the growing season, especially in early spring and late autumn. There is no minimum land coverage for seasonal bloom.
  • Ensure there is clean water for bees in keeping with the Biosecurity Code of Practice.
  • Provide permanent habitat for nesting through features such as shelterbelts, wildlife corridors, natural bush, buffer strips, or bare ground.
  • Practice Integrated Pest Management (IPM); reduce or eliminate the use of chemicals.
  • Pay the annual certification fee.
  • Complete the compliance form once every 3 years (audited by the BFF Australia scientific taskforce).

Bee Friendly FarmingĀ® GARDENĀ is specifically designed for home, community and public gardeners who promote and provide habitat and pollinator health in non-commercial settings.

BFF GARDENĀ has been designed to distinguish these members from commercial farming enterprises or sponsors, as well as highlighting gardeners who follow the specified guidelines in providing for pollinators and offering a diverse and permanent habitat source at a scale at or above a small home garden.

In addition,Ā BFF GARDENĀ registration means limiting or avoiding the use of harmful pesticides on blooming plants, and paying the annual registration fee.

BFF GARDENĀ membership does not include logo use except in special circumstances.Ā Contact the BFF teamĀ for use information. Habitat signs and support are available, as well as the opportunity to be featured on the WBF blog.

The BFF scientific taskforce operates as an expert advisory panel. The taskforce consists of scientists and experts representing bee biology/entomology, agriculture, food/seed industry and other pollinator stakeholder groups.


The taskforce meets monthly to:

  • oversee decisions for approval and scientific validation
  • make recommendations on changes to the program
  • identify program partnership opportunities
  • review 10% of compliance forms annually
  • assist with field audits