BUG-EYED: Michelle Gleeson, from Bugs Ed, discusses butterflies with a fascinated audience.
BUG-EYED: Michelle Gleeson, from Bugs Ed, discusses butterflies with a fascinated audience. Contributed

Birds and bees ... and bugs

COOLUM and North Shore Coast Care has been holding a series of family education workshops at different parks in the local area.

Topics have included beach and ocean life, native animals and tree planting, and the fascinating lives of bees, bugs and butterflies.

Workshops have attracted more than a hundred participants, with parents appreciating the interactive, educational and informal atmosphere.

Last Sunday's session included a demonstration of native bees, butterflies and insects.

There was a game to explain the problems about attracting the richmond birdwing butterfly back to the coast and a bug hunt.

Children were also given a butterfly mobile and encouraged to purchase the birdwing butterfly vine from the Coolum Community Native Nursery.

The last of the free workshops on August 31 at the Apex Camp, Nojoor Rd, Twin Waters, will focus on shorebirds and backyard birds, with participants becoming bird detectives.

For more information, phone Diane Goodwillie on 0406 605 700 or email the group at eco@coolumcoastcare.org.au.

Coolum and North Shore Coast Care is also organising a free Bees and Butterfly Workshop for gardeners at the Coolum Community Native Nursery on Saturday morning, September 6.


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