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The Autumn Wild Pollinator Count will run Australia-wide from 11 to 18 April 2021
Spend 10 minutes observing pollinating insects visiting a plant in your garden or park, and you can contribute to pollinator conservation in Australia.

No special equipment or knowledge is required - a great project for families, schools and community groups!
For full details and to upload your observations, visit:



Chapel Hill, Queensland
Sunday 11 April 2021, 1 - 3pm
THECA 47 Fleming Rd, Chapel Hill
Experiences with Papua New Guinea Bees.
Matthew Middleton has been involved with stingless bees since the early 80s, and now works with several species of stingless bees in Qld, NSW, WA and PNG. He and his daughter Jacinta carve log hives to create functional art sculptures. Since 2018 Matthew has managed the PNG Biomass Switpela Bi Hani project in the Markham Valley, PNG.
Hosted by the Brisbane branch of the Autralian Native Bee Association.
All are welcome to attend in person, $5 fee for non-members of ANBA. We will attend to some branch business following the talk. ANBA members will be sent a link to attend by Zoom.
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Bracken Ridge, Queensland
Saturday 24 April 2021, 11am – 12.30pm
Bracken Ridge Library, 77 Bracken Street, Bracken Ridge
Stingless Bee Workshop
Are you interested in keeping native stingless bees for fun, honey production, conservation or pollination? During this workshop, entomologists and professional educators, Dr Tim Heard and Dr Tobias Smith will teach you the basics of how to become a stingless beekeeper. Bookings are essential.
Free but bookings required.
Phone Bracken Ridge Library on 07 3667 6060 to reserve your place.

Sandgate, Queensland
Saturday 1 May 2021, 11am – 12.30pm
Sandgate Library, 1 Seymour Street, Sandgate
The Buzz - A Garden for Bees.
Linda Brennan from Ecobotanica will guide you through the best flowers, shrubs and compact yet beautiful trees that you can grow in your garden, to attract, feed and support bees. She'll take a look at the unique requirements of both honey bees and stingless native bees.
Free but bookings required. Phone Sandgate Library on 07 3667 6022 to reserve your place.

NaturallyGC- Australian native bees: diversity, conservation and keeping.
A series of workshops by Dr Toby Bee Aware Brisbane.
The stunning diversity of Australia’s native bees and their role in the environment; and how to keep stingless bees in a hive, propagate them and extract honey. You will come away equipped to keep your own hive of stingless bees in your part of the world.
NOT suitable for young children. Suitable for ages 15 and over only. Please click on the link to register:
-- Helensvale, Queensland. Sunday 9 May 2021, 12.30 - 3.30pm.
-- Currumbin, Queensland. Saturday 12 June 9 May 2021, 10.30 - 1.30pm.

NaturallyGC- Busy Bees (kids).
A series of workshops by Dr Toby Bee Aware Brisbane.
Introducing the amazing world of Australian native bees. Get to see dozens of brilliant close up photos and diagrams of bees to help explain this great diversity, bee lifecycles and their nests, and their important role in pollination and food security. You will also see preserved bee specimens, and live stingless bee hives with viewing windows. If we’re lucky we may even get a glimpse of a queen!
Suitable for ages 5 and above. Parents must stay to supervise children during workshop.
Please register for both children and adults. Further details provided upon registration. Unfortunately, cannot accept large group bookings or vacation care groups.
Please click on the link to register:
-- Labrador, Queensland. Thursday 15 April 2021, 10.30 - 11.30am.
-- Helensvale, Queensland. Sunday 9 May 2021, 10.30 - 11.30am.
-- Upper Coomera, Queensland. Saturday 26 June 2021, 11.30am - 12.30pm.


Macquarie Park, New South Wales
Saturday 10 April 2021, 10am - 11am
Eden Gardens, 307 Lane Cove Road, Macquarie Park.
Join Dr. Alexander Austin, Environmental Programs Officer at Ku-ring-gai Council to find out all about native bees. Delve into their secret world a discover what their hives look like and understand the way the Ku-ring-gai native bee program operates in urban Sydney.
Free but bookings essential.

North Sydney, New South Wales
Tuesday 20 April 2021, 7 - 8pm
North Sydney Council, 200 Miller Street, North Sydney.
An online presentation with Gavin Smith – apiarist and native bee enthusiast, hosted by North Sydney Council’s Bushland Team.
Australia has around 1,700 species of native bees and over 200 species in the Sydney Basin. They are important pollinators of Australia’s wildflowers and crops. Populations of native bees can be threatened by land clearing and pesticide use. You can support them by planting bee-friendly gardens and setting up bee hotels.
This presentation will be provided online using the ‘Zoom’ application, a link to the meeting will be sent you 24 hours ahead of time.
To register, visit:

Shellharbour City Centre, New South Wales
Wednesday 21 April, 10am - 11.30am
Shellharbour Civic Centre, 76 Cygnet Avenue, Shellharbour City Centre.
Find out about the amazing diversity of wild native bees in your backyard and local environment such as Teddy Bear bees, Blue Banded bees, Masked bees and Cuckoo bees. Hear from our Environment Team about the important role native bees play in pollinating plants, and how you can attract wild native bees to your garden. Please note the focus of this introductory talk is wild native bees, not the keeping of honey-producing beehives.
Free but bookings essential: 20 places only.
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