CUGE-ECO-3108 Urban Ecology Strategies for Co-existence with Bees


Are bees dangerous? What do I do if I spot bees flying around? During the one-and-half day workshop, Carl Baptista discusses the diversity of honeybees and solitary bee populations in Singapore. Topics include their preservation and conservation and how they will impact the urban ecology of Singapore and the plants we use every day in the urban landscape. Learn what improvements are needed for scope of works in the landscape industry, to allow for their landscape operations to be Bee-Safe. Understand how different chemicals used on site will impact diversity, and Singapore's bee populations. Recent research in bee distribution studies in Singapore and "Bee-Champion" and "Bee-Guardian" classification of premises in Singapore and how they will impact green spaces in Singapore will be shared and discussed. Brainstorming and open discussions on evolving new co-existence strategies for green spaces with pollinating insects, especially on the Meliponines (stingless bees) will be the focus of this workshop.


  • Learn the importance of bees
  • Identify and learn the behaviours of various species of bees found in Singapore
  • Learn how to co-exist with bee
  • Learn how chemicals affects bees and its implication
  • Learn the design and maintenance parameters for sustaining bees, especially Melliponines (stingless bees) in Urban Landscapes.


Day 1, Whole Day

Introduction to tropical bees and pollination in urban spaces
  • Tropical bees - biology and behaviour
  • Pollination of flowers and bees' preferences
  • CCD and global bee decline
  • Conservation/research efforts for bees of Singapore

Meliponines - Stingless bees and landscape co-existence strategies

  • Common Meliponines of Singapore
  • Meliponines as urban pollinators and environmental barometers
  • BeeScape for Meliponines

Day 2, Morning

Design and Maintenance parameters for sustaining Meliponines in Urban Landscape
  • Meliponaries design parameters
  • Meliponaries management/maintenance requirements


Workshop with field visits


  • Horticulturists
  • Arborists
  • Facilities managers
  • Landscape architects
  • Conservationists


Professional Certification CEU
Certified Practicing Horticulturist  Pending
ISA Certified Arborist  Pending
ISA Municipal Specialist  Pending
ISA Tree Worker Specialist  Pending
ISA BCMA - Science  Pending
Singapore Institute of Landscape Architects     Pending
Awarded points may differ for different sessions. Please refer to the latest mailer or contact our staff for more information. 


Carl Baptista has worked with insects for 20 years, from killing them to breeding them, to conserving them. His progression from serial insect killer, to medicine man, to bee whisperer has been a biology journey with many twists and turns. He graduated from King College London, with a Biotechnology degree and has published several peer reviewed papers in the fields of entomology, biotechnology, biochemistry and clinical medicine. Specialization does not suit him. He currently consults in Singapore and regionally on a variety of topics from urban entomology on resort islands to biological control of Lepidotera on roadside trees. He is current the co-founder of Pollen Nation, a social enterprise to conserve Singaporean pollinators namely Singaporean bees. He hopes to be Singapore's Bee whisperer. He is still the only man in Singapore to get up close with killer bee hives.

Please register and pay online here.
*CUGE course confirmation e-mail will be sent to all participants who have registered successfully.

Class size will be limited to facilitate discussions and group exercises. Please register early.
Please submit your completed online application forms at least seven days before the date of course. Course places will only be confirmed upon receipt of the duly completed application forms and payment.


Mr Jason Lim
Tel: 6462 6105