Native bees under the spotlight
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 email@example.com.
DON’T BUZZ OFF: Native bees will be highlighted at an upcoming workshop by Central Burnett Landcare.