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Bees - native and honey


Bees - native and honey

Until I sold my home and garden recently, I owned two native bee hives of Tetragonula carbonaria and a top bar honey bee hive.

While I'm am so far from expert at bee keeping it's not funny I do love to learn more about bees and the benefits they provide us.

When I was a child at primary school we had our own honey-bee hive and the local bee keeper would come by regularly and we would all gather around while he showed us how to look after them and gather the honey.

We have members on BLF who are very into bees, both native and honey and I hope they will share their knowledge here. I got a little frustrated trying to find past postings so thought one spot for it all would be better.

I find a lot of articles about bees and will post them here, nice and tidy in one spot, making them easier to find.


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Comment by Lissa on August 23, 2013 at 19:59

Hi Stevo.

Your links to the slideshow don't work unfortunately. Can you try again please?

I've been to a couple of these workshops run by Tim. They are very informative aren't they. Some other beekeepers think he's a bit gung-ho with killing bees during the process he uses though. Still, much to learn from his talk.

Comment by Stevo on August 23, 2013 at 18:49

hiyas. Sorry if this has been posted previously?

I recently went along to the native bee workshop at CREEC Burpengary. This was run by Tim Heard. It was very informative. We started off with an hour or so in the education centre looking at slides and listening to Tim talk. Then we went for a walk to find the first hive, and Tim split the hive ( at the fire tower in the photos). Here was another short session with the slides again and then off to find the second hive in the bush. Tim split that one aswell talking about different things for each hive. The last hive he removed just the top, used the nail board to pearce the honey cells, turned it upside down and the honey flowed out in to the container. Another short slide session and then it they served the honey on icecream.

A very interesting and entertaining day. I talked to quite a few people durig the day, most of them seemed normal.

I only had my phone but the photos show what's going on, i just left the whole lot in there and make a slideshow gallery, here:

Comment by Lissa on August 23, 2013 at 6:32

You need to get yourself a look at Paul's hives Andy, they will blow your brain they're so beautiful and functional.

Comment by Andrew Cumberland on August 22, 2013 at 19:07

You guessed it - bee keeping is on my list as well!

Comment by Lissa on August 22, 2013 at 17:14

Look like mine don't they....on a Cardoon flower (must be an artichoke), but can't take the credit for this one.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on August 22, 2013 at 9:29

Love the pic! Your bees?

Comment by Lissa on August 22, 2013 at 7:49

I have been following the discussion on chemicals and bees as well as I can and found keeping them in general discussions getting a little bulky and hard to find so have started a group and put them in here - nice and easy to find.

Don't let them put you off having "happy" discussions about our bees, please!


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