Are you interested in keeping native stingless bees for fun, honey production, conservation or pollination? In this workshop, entomologist and professional educator, Dr Tim Heard, with the assistance of local Barry Conde will teach you the basics on how to become a stingless beekeeper. This workshop alternates between slide presentations and a practical session to build a strong foundation of knowledge and experience. The stunning slide presentation will cover the topics of bee nesting biology, bee foraging biology, diversity of wild bees, importance of bees in natural systems, traditional stingless beekeeping around the world, modern stingless beekeeping in Australia, using stingless bees for pollination of gardens and farms, sugarbag honey and its properties, rescuing bees threatened in the wild, and more. In the practical sessions, we will open hives and observe the amazing structures within. We will learn how to move a colony from a log into a hive. We will demonstrate the main techniques of colony propagation. We may even extract honey from a hive.
Tim is an entomologist, ex-CSIRO research scientist and a long-term stingless bee keeper. He has presented workshops and seminars for more than 30 years on bees and keeping stingless bees in particular. He is the author of The Australian Native Bee Book – a best seller and multi-award winner.
He will be assisted by local meliponist Barry Conde.
When: Sunday 18 June 2023
Time: 12am to 5pm
Where: Northern Territory Farmers Association (Shop 15A Coolalinga Shopping Centre 460 Stuart Highway, Coolalinga Northern Territory 0839
What’s included: Tim’s comprehensive workshop.
Price for members of the Australian Native Bee Association: $25, non-members: $55. If you are not yet a member, join here, https://australiannativebee.org.au/join-us, wait until you are approved, then return to buy ticket. If you are not yet a member, it will save you money to join first, plus you get other membership benefits.
Please cater for your own refreshments and snacks. Tim’s book and equipment etc. are extra.
For additional information or queries please contact
Tim Heard, 0434 416053, firstname.lastname@example.org