Learn about native bees at Bobin workshop

The Native Bee Garden Centre in Bobin is hosting a Native Bee Workshop on February 9 at the Bobin School of Arts hall.

Presenting: Dr Tim Heard at a native bee hive. Photo: used with permission of Sugarbag Bees

Presenting: Dr Tim Heard at a native bee hive. Photo: used with permission of Sugarbag Bees

“Our aim is to educate our community in these amazing and essential little guys. The more people we can educate they more people they educate, achieving a greater understanding of the importance of keeping our bee colonies strong and healthy, not only keeping bees as pets but hopefully leading to landholders and gardeners being more aware of preserving and providing habitat,” Native Bee Garden Centre’s Tracey Davis says.

“There is increased interest in native bees and the role they play in pollination. We are moving away from the theory that European honey bees are the best pollinators and more farmers are turning to the the native bee. Take a look around any garden in the Manning valley and you are sure to find a few different varieties of native bees.”

The workshop will be presented by entomologist Dr Tim Heard of Sugarbag Bees. Dr Heard has been keeping Australian native stingless bees for nearly 30 years. He transferred his first hive from a cut down tree into a wooden box in 1985.

Tim now keeps more than 400 hives around south east Queensland, obtained by rescuing threatened wild hives and dividing existing hives. He is the author of best-selling The Australian Native Bee Book.

The workshop will run from 10am to 4pm, with morning tea and refreshments provided. Bring your own lunch. Cost is $50 per person.

This is a not for profit event, with any additional funds raised being used to establish bee colonies for distribution throughout the Manning Valley.

The Bobin School of Arts hall is at Bulga Road, Bobin.

Bookings are essential and can be made by calling Tracey Davis on 6550 5246 or email nativebeegc@gmail.com.