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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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Plans for a native bee hive

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Native hive splits - lessons I've learned

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Comment by Lissa on August 23, 2013 at 20:47

That link worked fine :)

Tim is a good bloke. But there are other gentler ways of going about hive splitting that don't kill so many of the hives bees. Have a look at Bob Luttrells site Bob the Beeman.

Comment by Lissa on August 23, 2013 at 20:01

Stevo - should have mentioned the "LINK" tool in the comment box top left. Click and add your link in the box that comes up. Let me know if you have any problems.

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 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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