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Native Bee Seminars and Special Events

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Workshops on Stingless Bee Keeping
by Tim Heard

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.

Northey St City Market, Brisbane, Queensland
2 May 2015, 9am - 4pm
Register at http://www.nscf.org.au/sustainable-living-workshops-brisbane/

Townsville, Queensland
22 and 23 May 2015. To register, contact Frana McKinstry, franajon@gmail.com
Townsville & District Beekeepers Assn Inc

Bundaberg, Queensland
September 2015 to be announced.
Peirson Road, Goodwood
To register: call or message Tony on 04 2874 9510, or message Wide Bay Stingless Bees FB page

Moreton Bay Regional Council, Queensland
Sunday 25 October 2015 at CREEC, Burpengary, Qld.
Bookings will open some time before the event at: http://www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/environmentaladventures/

See also Tim's upcoming NSW workshops listed below!


Workshops on Stingless Bee Keeping
by Tim Heard

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

Willoughby / North Sydney Council, Sydney, New South Wales
The next workshops will be on 11 October 2015, 9am - 12.30.
Willoughby / Mosman Council, Sydney, New South Wales
on 11 October 2015, 1.30 pm to 5pm
Bookings and information here:

Contact email:


Seminars on Native Bees
by Megan Halcroft

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

Blackheath, New South Wales
Thursday 7 May, 10am - 12 noon
Blackheath Hort Society,
Campbell Rhododendron Gardens Lodge, Blackheath,
Contact Heather Pye: heatherpye@bigpond.com


Courses at ACE Community College 
by Frank Adcock

Frank will be running two different courses through ACE College in the first term of 2015:

Classroom and Come on Farm Field Day
Lismore 9 May, 2015.
In the classroom you will learn about bee morphology, nesting biology, foraging behaviour, importance of bees in natural systems, stingless beekeeping around the world, and the effectiveness of stingless bees for pollination of farms and gardens The benefits, risks and pitfalls when purchasing a hive will also be discussed. We will look at the properties of stingless bee pot-honey; the development of the two box honey hive, and the significant benefits of this design. We will extract pot-honey from a honey super and taste the honey. Participants are then invited to visit Nashua Native Bees where you can view the bees working on a macadamia farm. Bring your lunch and enjoy this afternoon in the field.

Bookings: ACE Community Colleges, Lismore and Casino, New South Wales

Benefits of keeping native bees - Classroom only event
Lismore 20 June, 2015.
This course introduces you to Australian stingless beekeeping and gives you the knowledge and confidence to care for these bees. You will be studying the stingless eusocial species Tetragonula carbonaria which is native to our area. These small bees are excellent pollinators of local fruit and nut trees and a great addition to the home garden. A honey hive can produce up to a kilo of 'sugarbag' each year. During this course we will discuss the unique characteristics and uses of 'sugarbag'.

More Information (see page 18 of linked catalogue):

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