Feral honeybees are introduced bees that originally escaped from hives and have become established in the wild. Colonies can be found in many parts of NSW, usually living in tree hollows.
Honeybees have several impacts on native environments. They:
- take tree hollows that are needed by native birds and animals, making it hard for some species to find shelter or breed
- eat nectar and pollen which native birds, insects and other animals need to survive, possibly forcing these native species out of an area
- may affect the pollination of native plant species.
Page last updated: 02 November 2011