16th September – Keeping Native Stingless Bees with Tim Heard (9.30 am)
Join Tim Heard, renowned entomologist and author of The Australian Native Bee Book, to learn all about keeping native stingless bees. Stingless bees are Australia's indigenous social bee. Keeping native stingless bees in hives is an engaging and rewarding activity. They are a native alternative to honey bees. They are harmless and well suited to school and community gardens. The hives are wonderful garden companions being effective pollinators of many plants. Hives yield small amounts of delectable honey. They are great tools for environment education as they are inherently fascinating to children and have many interactions with plants and other insects. Dr Tim Heard is an entomologist, author and a long term stingless bee keeper and promoter of native bees.
Copies of Tim's book will be available for purchase at the workshop.http://www.nativebeebook.com.au/
Duration 2 hours.
Places limited. BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL. To book email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 5446 7373.
Workshop Cost: $10
NB: As there are limited places for this workshop, pre-payment will be required to secure your booking. When you book you will be provided with bank details for you to deposit $10 to confirm your booking or you can pay in person at YCG during opening hours.
More information about Dr. Tim Heard:
Tim is an entomologist and ex-CSIRO research scientist. He has been keeping Australian native stingless bees since 1985, when he transferred his first hive from a cut down tree into a wooden box. He now keeps over 350 hives, obtained through rescuing threatened wild hives and splitting existing hives. Tim continues to develop new hive designs and techniques that allow better splitting and extraction of sugarbag and wax. Tim has been giving seminars and workshops on native bees since 1995. See here for a list of Tim’s bee-related scientific research publications.
Tim’s favorite Australian stingless bee species is Austroplebeia essingtoni, because their tiny size and beautiful gentle nature.