Every household in Hall is about to be offered its own hotel, but the type of guests they're likely to attract may not "bee" who you'd expect.
A group calling itself the Hall Honeys is creating a buzz in Canberra's north with a plan to have Hall become what is believed to be Australia's first bee-friendly village.
It all started when some local beekeepers got together and realised they wanted to do something to protect our pollinators, with native bee populations in Australia and around the world experiencing significant declines.
The Hall Honeys joined forces with ACT for Bees to develop a bee-friendly charter, outlining what needed to be done to make the village a hospitable and welcoming environment for bees and other pollinators.
"Worker bees" from the Hall Men's Shed embraced the challenge of building about 100 little bee hotels - one for every household in Hall - using recycled timber and following a method developed by Bill Pearson, a shed member with a background in design.
Mr Pearson's wife Andie, an artist, put together a distinctive colour palette that was used to decorate the hotels and make them not only a useful addition to the garden, but a visually attractive one that will start conversations about bees as well.
At an event in November, any Hall resident who wants one will be able to collect a pack containing a bee hotel, a selection of native plants that provide good habitat for bees, a guide to bee-friendly gardening and a bee-friendly garden sign.
Hall Honeys member Jonathan Palmer, who has kept bees for about three or four years, said the group had received some financial support from Hall Rotary and also planned to apply for a number of grants in order to put bee-friendly plants in public parts of the village.
"That will have a benefit in terms of habitat for bees as well as being a highly visible testimony to the importance of bees and our commitment to them," he said.
Mr Palmer said he hoped the Hall Honeys' efforts would provide a blueprint for other individuals and communities to follow.
ACT for Bees founder Julie Armstrong agreed and said while honey bees could forage for up to 5 or 10 kilometres, native bees were solitary and generally had a range of just 200 to 500 metres. She said this showed why it was crucial to have bee-friendly gardens right across Canberra.
Nearly two-thirds of our food production is dependent on the existence of bees and other pollinators, but they are facing a number of threats including the overuse of pesticides and herbicides, which is killing bees and making them more vulnerable to diseases and pests.
Human activity, urban development and modern agricultural practices have also resulted in a loss of habitat and food sources for bees and other pollinators.
"When you start looking around with the eyes of a bee, there are times you'd be thinking, 'I can't see any food'," Ms Armstrong said.
"If there isn't food there, they starve. That's why things like this initiative in Hall are so important, because it's providing habitat and food.
"We can't all be beekeepers, but we can all be bee guardians by having bee-friendly gardens."