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Native Bee Seminars, Workshops and Special Events

Like to see some Australian Native Bees?


Workshops on Stingless Bee Keeping
by Tim Heard and/or Tobias Smith

Generally the workshops are a mix of a photographic slideshow showing the biology of the bees with a practical session on keeping them. Tim demonstrates how to split hives and extract honey, and use the bees for pollinating your garden. Attendance price varies. Contact the organisers directly for details and to register.

Redlands IndigiScapes Centre, Capalaba, Queensland
Saturday 26 November 2016, 9-12
Bookings essential by 11 November: (07) 3824 8611 or indigiscapes@redland.qld.gov.au
More information: www.indigiscapes.com.au/WhatsOn/Pages/default.aspx#/?l=3

Moreton Bay Regional Council, Queensland
20 January 2017
Kumbartcho, Eatons Hill, Qld.
Presenter: Dr Tobias Smith
Register SOON at: https://www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/general.aspx?id=152609

Gold Coast City Council, Queensland
Saturday 14 March 2017, 9-12
Robina Gold Coast
Presenter: Dr Tobias Smith
Bookings (07) 5667 5972

See also Tim's upcoming NSW workshops listed below!


Workshops on Stingless Bee Keeping
by Tim Heard and/or Tobias Smith

Tim Heard will also be running his popular stingless bee workshops at:

Sydney City, New South Wales
4 February 2017
Check the Sugarbag website soon for more details

Rockdale City Council, New South Wales
4 February 2017
Check the Sugarbag website soon for more details

Heathcote, New South Wales
Tuesday 7 February 2017, 1-4pm
Sydney Wildflower Nursery
9 Veno St, Heathcote
Check the Sugarbag website soon for more details


Seminars on Native Bees
by Megan Halcroft

Megan presents seminars about Australia's stingless and solitary native bees and their importance for pollination.

Mt Tomah Botanic Garden, New South Wales
12 November 2016, 10am
The Buzz on Native Bees
Workshop about native bees and how they drive biodiversity and support food security. Learn about how to encourage many bee species into the garden by conserving or providing bee habitat.
Cost: $25.
Age limit: Not suitable for children.
More information: (02) 4567 3000

-- 20-27 November 2016

The following are just some of the events coming up in Pollinator Week 2016. For more information on these and other Pollinator Week events, visit:

Sydney, New South Wales
Saturday 19 November 2016, 11am to 1pm
Guided Pollinator Walk with Associate Professor Dieter Hochuli.
On this guided tour, you’ll get an insight into what efforts are being made to create habitat for our pollinators to persist in the city. You’ll also get an insight into the wonderful world of ants and their role in ensuring that the pollinators job continues on.
Cost: Free
For more information, book tickets and receive location details, please go to:

St Peters, New South Wales
Sunday 20 November 2016, 9.30 to 12.30
Dr Megan Halcroft will present a hands-on workshop on native bees. Participants will be able to take away their own native bee habitat creation (materials provided).
Cost: $10 for adults; $7.50 for concession
More information: https://whatson.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/events/native-bee-habitat-making-workshop

Kimbriki Tip near Terry Hills, New South Wales
Sunday 20 November 2016
Gavin Smith will talk on native bees, habitat construction and splitting a Tetragonula carbonaria hive with Peter Rutherford and Permaculture North

Seven Hills, New South Wales
Saturday, 26 November 2016, 9am to 12pm
Blacktown City Council - Sustainability Event
Seminar on Native Bees in your backyard by Megan Halcroft
Bookings: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/native-bees-in-your-backyard-tickets-27961223773

Kurrajong, New South Wales
Sunday 20 November 2016, 10am to 2pm
Kurrajong A-Buzz
Fun activities throughout the village with bee experts, insect hotels and honey. Plants to create a pollinator paradise. Kids' zone with bug activities.
More information: Elizabeth Docking radocking@bigpond.com (02) 45731116
or Lyn Ward lynward486@yahoo.com.au (02) 4572 2959

Picton Botanic Gardens, New South Wales
22 November 2016, 10am-1pm
Official Launch ceremony: 11.30am
Bee Aware: launch of the three beautiful 'Native Bee Bells' that will provide habitat for native bees in the Gardens. They were created by artists Ana Pollak and Celeste Coucke with the help of community participants.
More information: celestecoucke.com/2016/06/27/bee-bell-assemblage-at-cloudfarm-studios/

Lithgow, New South Wales
27 November 2016, 10am to 2pm
Eskbank House
A day of pollinator-related activities for all the family.
Enter from Bennett Street.

Organ Pipes National Park, Victoria
Saturday 26 November 2016, 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Activities include: Pollinator-inspired art and pollinator identification.
Cost: Free
More information to come as the event draws closer.
Melways Map 3 Grid D4
Website: http://www.onlymelbourne.com.au/m/4827/organ-pipes-national-park

Yanchep, Western Australia
27 November 2016, 8 am to 2 pm
Living Creations Market Stall by Sue Dovey.
Yanchep Monthly Markets, 81 Yanchep Beach Rd
Plant a pollinator habitat garden. General information, plants for sale, bee hotel display and kids worksheets for them to take home and colour in and do at home.

Greenbushes Community Garden, Western Australia
20 November 2016, 10.30 am to 12.30 pm
Build an insect or bee habitat. Plant a pollinator habitat garden. Make seed balls. Pollinator-inspired art. Insect displays. Launching our Native Bee Hotel Competition.
Community Garden Members $10; Non Members $15.
BBQ lunch and cuppas included.

Courses at ACE Community College 
by Frank Adcock

Frank runs courses through ACE College at Lismore and Casino, New South Wales.

Benefits of Keeping Native Bees
Lismore ACE Community College
Saturday 19 November 2016, 9.30-3.30pm
Cost: $60
More details: https://www.acecolleges.edu.au/course-category/leisure-and-lifestyle/relaxation/benefits-of-keeping-native-bees-field-trip/

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