Na­tive bees un­der the spot­light

Central and North Burnett Times - - LIFE | FENCE POST -

CEN­TRAL Bur­nett Land­care has been run­ning a se­ries of work­shops for farm­ers, aimed at in­tro­duc­ing new types of crops and live­stock or new ways to grow and mar­ket tra­di­tional pro­duce.

Next in line is a work­shop on bee-keep­ing, which the group is or­gan­is­ing for Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 23.

Project of­fi­cer Mar­ion Den­holm ex­plained that the work­shop would be pre­sented by two lo­cals from the North Bur­nett area.

“Wayne Allen, from Mt Perry, is a na­tive bee en­thu­si­ast and will demonstrat­e the prac­ti­cal care of these tiny, stin­g­less bees,” she said.

“Melissa Roth, of Eidsvold, has been keep­ing honey bees and will share her knowl­edge on the day.”

There will be op­por­tu­nity for at­ten­dees to taste hon­eys pro­duced by both na­tive and honey bees and to view na­tive bee hives, through Per­spex ports on the sides of hives.

The pre­sen­ters will also talk about the equip­ment needed to raise and care for bees and demonstrat­e its use.

Ms Den­holm said bees were a vi­tal part of both the nat­u­ral world and for crops, as they were the main pol­li­na­tors for many plants, en­sur­ing that plants pro­duced fer­tile seeds that would grow the next gen­er­a­tion of plants.

“Na­tive bees have be­come pop­u­lar re­cently for gar­den­ers or own­ers of small acreages, as they do not sting,” she said.

“They are fetch­ing good prices for com­plete hives. Honey bees are also at­tract­ing in­ter­est be­cause of their abil­ity to pro­duce medic­i­nal hon­eys, when in­tro­duced to the cor­rect plant pollen.”

For more in­for­ma­tion or if you are in­ter­ested in at­tend­ing, phone Mar­ion Den­holm on 4165 4531 or email cen­tral­bur­net­t­land­care@gmail.com.

PHOTO: MIKE WELLS

DON’T BUZZ OFF: Na­tive bees will be high­lighted at an up­com­ing work­shop by Cen­tral Bur­nett Land­care.

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