• 24 May 2020 21:11 | Tim Heard (Administrator)

    Be part of the 3rd decadal National Stingless Bee Survey. Our Australian stingless bee industry is growing rapidly! To understand industry growth, surveys have been conducted every ten years. All stingless beekeepers are encouraged to enter, hobbyists to professionals. You get a chance to tell us more about your experiences with keeping stingless bees. The data collected will be used to keep everyone updated on the advances made. Everyone who completes the survey will have a chance to win a prize, either ‘The Australian Native Bee Book’, a native bee poster or membership to a beekeeping club of your choice, winners will be announced on 1st September. Link to the survey:

  • 14 May 2020 15:02 | Tim Heard (Administrator)

    The Wild Pollinator Count takes places twice a year. The autumn count is completed. If you missed it, the spring count will take place on 8 – 15 November 2020,

    Costa Georgiades, Australia’s most popular TV presenter, reported it on ABC TV Gardening Australia. “I’m happy to report that there was more than double the participants of any previous counts and that is what it’s all about, growing interest in nature and the wild world around us.”  

  • 7 May 2020 16:14 | Tim Heard (Administrator)

    Includes feature article “Are Native Pollinators at Risk from Honey Bee Diseases?” by Laura Brettell, Bronwen Roy, Elisabeth Fung & Scott Groom. Hear about some great online presentations to keep you educated and entertained while grounded from normal events. Join ANBA association to receive this monthly Newsletter, If you are a member and have not received it by email, please contact, or log onto your website and get it there:

  • 10 Mar 2020 11:00 | Tim Heard (Administrator)

    Susan Nolan’s entry into our logo competition was stunning, but too detailed for a logo. So we have adopted it as a banner to be used at various events.

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  • 23 Jan 2020 20:11 | Tim Heard (Administrator)

    Entries are now open for the Sydney Royal National Honey Show. Two Native bee honey classes will again feature in the 2020 Competition. Exhibits will be on display during the Sydney Royal Easter Show, 3-14 April 2020. This year, Prize Money is supported by Australian Native Bee Association Inc. Enter now:

    Important date: 12 Feb 2020 Entries close

    Two Classes: produced by Tetragonula and produced by Austroplebeia

    See the December Cross-Pollinator for more details. 

  • 16 Nov 2019 16:27 | Tim Heard (Administrator)

    The Cross-Pollinator November issue includes feature article on a new method of propagating stingless bee colonies. Get the full program of the Australian Native Bee Conference. Get up to date with the news from the branches (we now have five with another one under construction). Join ANBA association to receive this monthly Newsletter,

  • 10 Nov 2019 09:05 | Tim Heard (Administrator)

    Get The full program of the 2nd Australian Native Bee Conference in PDF format HERE.

    Delegates will be informed by 59 speakers, from Australia and overseas, presenting their latest findings in native bee biology, systematics, management, disease, pollination and community engagement. St Leo’s College, University of Queensland from Thu 5th Dec to  Sat 7th Dec 2019.

  • 26 Oct 2019 16:21 | Tim Heard (Administrator)

    The popular native bee hive competition will be held again at the 2ANB Conference. This is a much-loved annual event at the Brisbane Native beekeepers club. At this event stingless bee keeping and designers of solitary bee hotels get a chance to sing the praises of their hive design. In addition to the hive itself, exhibitors show their accessories such as mounting, protecting, and how their hives allow for propagation and honey production.

    Beekeepers: bring along your amazing hive and test it with the best. Your work will be judged by peers and experts and, just perhaps, awarded fame and glory and a prize of $100 per category. The categories are:

    * People’s choice of most innovative or effective design. To be decided by attendees dropping the name and hive number into a hat, the votes will be counted by the judge.

    * Judges Choice, decided by the appointed judge.

    * Best Paint Job, decided by the judge.

    * Best Native Bee/ Insect Hotel, decided by the judge.

    * Best tool, device or accessory, decided the judge.

    The Rules are:

    • Hive can be of any material, shape or design, as long as the intention is 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

    See a video of the hive exhibition at the last conference. This was part of the field trip and so numbers were limited. This year’s will be part of the main event at St Leo’s College at the University of Queensland, St Lucia campus, and so better attended.

  • 25 Oct 2019 20:51 | Tim Heard (Administrator)

    Sydney Native Bee Community .:. 1st Gathering
    Nov 8th 7pm - 9:30pm .:. at Pocket City Farms in Camperdown

    Let's spread our social wings and join us in the celebratory formation & the official launch of our Sydney Native Bee Community // SNBC - Our regional branch of the Australian Native Bee Association // ANBA

    C'mon out on a Spring evening & welcome our special guests:
    .:. Tim Heard : Sugarbag Bees & ANBA
    .:. Francisco Garcia Bulle Bueno : Sydney Uni : USyd BioSoc
    .:. Peter Clarke : Founder of Ku-ring-gai WildThings Program
    .:. Tobias Smith : Bee Aware Brisbane & University of Qld : UQ

    Swarming together at Pocket City Farms in Central Sydney to connect, share and learn in conversation :
    .:. Sydney local & regional : native honey tasting
    .:. observation hives & micro colonies
    .:. book sales, art & market stalls
    .:. habitat & hive displays
    .:. information, surprises & maybe more...
    We have limited brood space available so be sure to secure your spot • in the Sydney Spring Swarm •
    Entry by a small donation will help our community grow and provide a collective space to share knowledge & experience.
    P L E A S E get your T I C K E T here:

    If you would like to be more involved on the evening and possibly have a display, please contact us via email: or ph: 0404 604 569
    Registration for ANBA membership will also be available on the evening.

    Our event and formation is proudly supported by :
    .•. Pocket City Farms .•. Sydney Native Bees .•. Australian Native Bee Association .•.

    \\ Our Sydney Native Bee Community Values //
    .:. Biodiversity Conservation .:. Cultural Preservation .:. Collaborative Education .:.

  • 24 Oct 2019 12:53 | Tim Heard (Administrator)

    October Cross-Pollinator is bumper issue packed with great content. Read a wonderful article on Dawson’s burrowing bee by Kit Prendergast. Get the latest news on the Second Australian Native Bee conference, including an announcement of the Hive exhibition. Read the news from the branches (we now have four with another two under construction). Join ANBA association to receive this monthly Newsletter. If you are a member and have not received it by email, please contact

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