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Native Bee Seminars and Special Events

Like to see some Australian Native Bees?


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.

Moreton Bay Regional Council, Queensland
Saturday 10 January 2015 at Kumbartcho, Eatons Hill, Qld, and Sunday 25 October 2015 at CREEC, Burpengary, Qld.
Bookings will open some time before the event at: http://www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au/environmentaladventures/

Eatons Hill, Brisbane, Queensland
6 March 2015
Yuraba Conference Centre
To register, contact kimbo, kimp@kumbartcho.org.au

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

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:

Lake Macquarie, New South Wales
7 February 2015: full day workshop
8 February 2015: half day workshop
To register, contact Margo Smith, masmith@lakemac.nsw.gov.au

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:

Tocal College, near Maitland, New South Wales
6 February 2015
To register, contact kim.griffiths@dpi.nsw.gov.au

Tweed Valley, New South Wales
March 2015
Date and venue and registration details to be announced.


Seminars on Native Bees
by Megan Halcroft

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

Bathurst, New South Wales
Monday 23 February, at 10.30 till about 12
for the U3A
Bathurst Library Meeting Room.
Contact Jenny Barnes: micathel@gmail.com

Hornsby, New South Wales
Saturday 28 March 1 - 4pm.
Hornsby Council, Hornsby Library,
Contact the council.

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


Bee Aware of your Native Bees
Australian Native Bee Symposium
University of Western Sydney - Hawkesbury

Richmond, New South Wales
18 February 2015, full day
Speakers include:

-- Megan Halcroft, Bees Business
-- Michael Batley, Australian Museum
-- Martyn Robinson, Australian Museum
-- Tanya Latty, University of Sydney
-- Jenny Shanks, University of Western Sydney
-- Anne and Les Dollin, Aussie Bee
Places are limited. Contact: sustainability@uws.edu.au


Courses at ACE Community College 
by Frank Adcock

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

Native stingless bee workshop
Lismore 14th February, 2015.
In this course you will learn about bee nesting biology, bee foraging behaviour, importance of bees in natural systems, stingless beekeeping around the world, using stingless bees for pollination of farms and gardens and the harvesting and properties of stingless bee pot honey. There will also be a practical demonstration where we will propagate a Tetragonula carbonaria hive using the splitting method. In conclusion we will extract pot-honey from a honey super.

Benefits of keeping native bees
Casino 28th February, 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'.

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

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