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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.

Proserpine, North Queensland
Sunday 20 August 2016
Whitsunday Neighbourhood Centre
Presenter: Tim Heard
Please call or email Cath to register your place and arrange payment.
ph. 0408 187 944
Email: coordinator@whitsundaylandcare.org.au

Eatons Hill, Brisbane, Queensland
Yuraba Conference Centre, 240 Church Rd, Eatons Hill
Sunday 21 August 2016
Native bee workshop, including morning tea, delicious lunch and honey tasting in the afternoon.
SORRY, this workshop now fully booked.

Northey St City Farm, Brisbane, Queensland
27 August 2016, 9am - 4pm
Presenter: Tobias Smith
Register at http://www.nscf.org.au/sustainable-living-workshops-brisbane/

Rockhampton, Queensland
3 September 2016, 9am - 4pm
Presenter: Tim Heard
$40 or $25 concessions.
RSVP to dan_coughlan@internode.on.net by Wednesday, 24 August 2016.

Bundaberg, Queensland
3 September 2016
Presenter: Tobias Smith
To register: call or message Tony on 04 9902 7115, or message Wide Bay Stingless Bees FB page.

Calliope, Queensland
11 September 2016, 10am – 4pm
Cedar Galleries, 49544 Bruce Hwy, Calliope QLD 4680
Presenters: Tim Heard and Tobias Smith
Cost - $43.00 per person
Bookings are to be made through the Cedar Galleries Website:

Gold Coast City Council, Queensland
Saturday, 1 October 2016, 9 am - 12 midday.
Location: Robina.
Presenter: Tobias Smith
Bookings are made through City of Gold Coast on 07 5667 5972

Northey St City Farm, Brisbane, Queensland
7 October 2016, 9am - 4pm
Presenter: Tobias Smith
Register at http://www.nscf.org.au/sustainable-living-workshops-brisbane/

Moreton Bay Regional Council, Queensland
Saturday 22 October 2016
CREEC, Burpengary
Presenter: Dr Tobias Smith
Register at:

See also Tim's upcoming NSW workshops listed below!

Seminars on Stingless Bees
by Russell & Janine Zabel

Gatton, Queensland
Learn about hive splitting, honey extraction, log rescues, bee biology and more!
Saturday 13 August 2016, 1.30 to 3
Senior Citizens' Hall, 13 North St, Gatton
Register by 8 August: 0404 892 139, or bees@zabel.com.au

Karana Downs, Queensland
Russell and Janine will also be speaking at the garden club.
4 October 2016 9 am
Contact Russell for more details: 0404 892 139 or bees@zabel.com.au

Valley Bees Events

Kandanga, Queensland
Valley Bees Meeting at Honeybee Farm,
Sunday 14 August 2016, 1.30
with a special 10 am native bee event beforehand at Gympie Landcare Nursery. Native bee expert, Giorgio Venturieri will give an informative powerpoint presentation on native bees.

Imbil, Mary Valley, Queensland
Bee Open Day
Saturday 10 September 2016, 10 to 3
Mary Valley College grounds and hall.
Celebrating bees in the community: honey bees, stingless bees and solitary bees. Free honey tastings, bees wax and products, hives, box designs, the latest on pests and diseases, beneficial insects and much more!
Entry $2.
A full program of events will be available from 1 September from www.mrccc.org.au/valley-bees/
More information or offers of volunteers: glenbo@live.com.au


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

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

Tocal College, near Maitland, New South Wales
13 Oct 2016
Native stingless bees
Thursday 13 Oct 2016, 10.00am - 4.00pm
Presenters: Tim Heard and Tobias Smith
Booking link: http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/content/agriculture/profarm/courses/native-stingless-bees

Sydney Wildflower Nursery,
New South Wales
9 Veno Street, Heathcote.
Tuesday 18 October 2016 1-4pm
Presenters: Tim Heard and Tobias Smith
Booking link: http://www.trybooking.com/179795
Or from the Sydney Wildflower Nursery Facebook site:


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

Australian Pollination Week Events
-- 20-27 November 2016

Kurrajong A-Buzz
Kurrajong, New South Wales
Fun activities throughout the village with bee experts, insect hotels and honey. Plants to create a pollinator paradise. Kids' zone with bug activities.
Sunday 20 November 2016, 10 to 2


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 17 September 2016, 9.30-3.30pm
or Saturday 19 November 2016, 9.30-3.30pm
Cost: $60
More details: http://www.acecolleges.edu.au/course/c/6411

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