Attend this workshop to learn all about native bees, the solitary and social ones and how to propagate them. The 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 session, we will open hives and observe the amazing structures within. We will demonstrate the various ways of propagating hives. You will pick up lots of tips on managing the native social bees, including how to extract honey from them.
Presenter is Dr Tim Heard, an entomologist, stingless bee keeper and promoter of native bees for pollination, education and conservation.
Copies of The Australian Native Bee Book, will be available for sale, $35.
If you have a hive that you would like to divide, you can bring to the workshop. But please contact Tim@sugarbag.net, or 0434416053, to arrange it.
Price for members of the Australian Native Bee Association. $10, non-members $60. 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. NB if you are not yet a member, it's a smart choice to join first, it will save you money.
Enquiries to Neil Fraser, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 0407264384.