Recorded presentations

Jenny Thynne presentation, "The Native Bees of My Brisbane Backyard – A Photographic Expose",  Sep 2021. Watch.

Mariki and Francois Visser presentation, "Our Commercialisation Journey", July 2021. Watch.

Greg Coonan presentation, ”Keeping Australian Native Stingless Bees” June 2021. Watch.

Upcoming events

    • 3 Oct 2021
    • 13:00 - 15:00
    • Bulimba Community Centre, 1 Barramul St, Bulimba, Brisbane

    The next meeting comes from the Brisbane branch, on Sunday 3 October, 1 pm.

    VENUE: Bulimba Community Centre, 1 Barramul St, Bulimba, Brisbane.

    All are welcome to attend in person. Free for members, $5 for non-members.

    ANBA members can attend by Zoom, a link to join this meeting will be sent by email prior to the event.

    The main event will be a talk by Geoffrey Dutton. “Photographing native bees around my suburban Brisbane home”

    Abstract: I currently have over 20 native stingless bee hives of 3 species. My fascination and desire to learn more led me down the path of buying a digital camera and explore the realm of macro photography. I will share my tips to capture, edit and share images. I would also like to share my  approach to biological gardening for bees and using a phone to identify plants.

    Biography: I grew up on a Banana farm in the Coffs Harbour area. I helped create and establish gardens of over 800 cultivars of Daylilies and bred over 100 of my own daylily hybrids whilst at high school. I worked  weekends and holidays in a plant nursery, then studied a Diploma of Applied Science (Horticulture) and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental and Production Horticulture) at University of Queensland Gatton campus. I left for the Atherton Tablelands, Far North Queensland where I worked over 8 years in the nursery industry, transitioning into a biological/fertiliser advisory role within the agricultural and horticultural industry which followed by myself helping to co-manage a farm producing several crops to supply city Organic markets. I met my wife, moved to Brisbane and transitioned into the retail sector. I still have a keen interest in plants and since getting my first native stingless beehive, now with bees. As a Christmas present I shouted myself a good camera with a macro lens to try and photograph these marvellous little creatures.

    Following the talk from 2-3 pm, we will hold our branch AGM, to elect positions and report financials.

    • 17 Oct 2021
    • 13:00 - 15:00
    • To be sent to attendees

    Coffs Harbour Branch are holding a workshop on Sunday 17th October, 1-3pm.

    Numbers will be capped at 20 due to current Covid-19 restrictions so bookings essential.

    *** Preference will be given to financial members. ***

    Gold coin donation on entry for members. Non-members (if there is room) $5.

    BYO chair, refreshments, veil if you have one. Masks are always advisable.

    An email will be sent to those on our mailing list so if you haven’t given us your address please let us know.

    Join ANBA to be kept up to date with all information and resources including the amazing publication “The Cross-Pollinator”.

    Contact Secretary Alison with any questions,, or 0417 712 957.

    For more info on branch activities, visit our Facebook page ANBA Coffs Harbour Native Bees,

    • 5 Dec 2021
    • 13:00 - 15:00
    • Bulimba Community Centre, 1 Barramul St, Bulimba, Brisbane

    Time to prepare for the next Hive Exhibition

    A signature event of the Brisbane branch is the annual Hive exhibition and competition. Each year it attracts many wonderful entries. Exhibitors, it is time for get your exhibit ready. Winter is an excellent opportunity to make your box ready for stocking with bees in the spring.

    The Categories are:

    • People’s choice (secret ballot),

    • Judges Choice. Judge yet to be selected,

    • Best Paint Job,

    • Best Native Bee/ Insect Hotel,

    • Best tool, device or accessory.

    The Rules are:

    • Hives can be made of any material and can be any shape or design but must be able to house native bees.

    • Hives can be full or empty of actual bees, ideally you have one of each.

    • Hives can be standard hives which are painted/ decorated.

    • No limit to the number of individual entries

    All are welcome to attend in person, $5 fee for non-members. We will attend to some branch business following the talk from 2-3 pm.  ANBA members can attend by Zoom, a link to join this meeting will be sent by email prior to the event.

Past events

11 Sep 2021 POSTPONED until Feb 2022, Native bee workshop ANBA Mid-north Coast
11 Sep 2021 Cassowary Coast Branch Annual General Meeting
5 Sep 2021 Brisbane branch September meeting
25 Jul 2021 Native bee workshop, Cairns
24 Jul 2021 Native bee workshop, Innisfail
4 Jul 2021 Brisbane branch July meeting
20 Jun 2021 Coffs Harbour Branch meeting
13 Jun 2021 Rockhampton Branch meeting
6 Jun 2021 Brisbane branch June meeting
23 May 2021 World Bee Day, ANBA at Northey Street Market
2 May 2021 Brisbane branch May meeting- “Using DNA metabarcoding to identify plants used by Australian stingless and solitary bees” by Rachele Wilson
17 Apr 2021 Into the Bush: In search for local Metallic Carpenter Bees
11 Apr 2021 Brisbane branch April meeting - My experiences with PNG bees by Matthew Middleton
13 Mar 2021 Native bee workshop
7 Mar 2021 Trehalulose, a sweet but healthy sugar in stingless bee honey
28 Feb 2021 Native bee workshop at Coffs Harbour
27 Feb 2021 Native bee workshop ANBA Mid-north Coast
7 Feb 2021 February Brisbane branch meeting
6 Dec 2020 ANBA AGM and Hive exhibition
3 Dec 2020 Mid-north Coast branch meeting with Gail albertoni
28 Nov 2020 Bundaberg Native bee workshop
8 Nov 2020 Bee conservation in action
8 Nov 2020 AGM Brisbane Branch ANBA
10 Oct 2020 ANBA Wide Bay Branch Annual General Meeting
4 Oct 2020 Our Journey with Stingless Bees, by Greg and Jennifer Shea
6 Sep 2020 Let me tell ya 'bout the nuts and the bees and the flowers and the trees
23 Aug 2020 CANCELLED Rockhampton Native bee workshop
9 Aug 2020 World of Meliponini // LIVE feed // Francisco Garcia Bulle Bueno
9 Aug 2020 Brisbane branch meeting and viewing and viewing of World of Meliponini // Live feed
2 Aug 2020 Cancelled: Brisbane branch monthly meeting and viewing of Bees of Eora, Sydney Native Bee Art Exhibition
5 Jul 2020 Genomics of stingless bees by James Hereward, Monthly meeting
7 Jun 2020 Monthly live online meeting
3 May 2020 Live online meeting with Kit Prendergast
1 Mar 2020 Brisbane branch March meeting featuring Brian Cutting
9 Feb 2020 ANBA Rocky Branch Meeting
2 Feb 2020 Brisbane branch February meeting featuring Flavia Massaro
7 Dec 2019 Annual General Meeting of the Australian Native Bee Association
5 Dec 2019 2nd Australian Native Bee Conference
4 Dec 2019 Meeting to form a Wide Bay branch
8 Nov 2019 Gladstone Branch event
7 Nov 2019 Mid North Coast NSW Branch meeting
3 Nov 2019 Brisbane branch November meeting featuring Alex Derrick and Kupae
6 Oct 2019 Brisbane Branch October meeting
25 Aug 2019 Rockhampton ANBA workshop
24 Aug 2019 Gladstone ANBA workshop
4 Aug 2019 Brisbane branch August meeting, featuring Stingless bee Honey
7 Jul 2019 Brisbane branch meeting, featuring Seminar on Native bees for crop pollination by Romina Rader
8 Jun 2019 The Amateur Beekeepers Association of NSW Annual conference
2 Jun 2019 General meeting of Brisbane Branch (ANBA Inc.)
5 May 2019 General meeting of Brisbane Branch ANBA

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