COVID-19 Beekeeper Travel Restrictions

By |2021-08-17T18:28:33+10:00August 17th, 2021|Beekeeping, Bees|


Wintering your hives

By |2021-07-01T18:43:17+10:00July 1st, 2021|Beekeeping, Bees, Hives, Native Bees|

Honey (APIS) Bees  Beekeepers need to manage their honey bees for winter otherwise they may die.  It is important to take measures in autumn to prepare for winter. Before the onset of winter a final inspection should take place in April or the beginning of May at the latest.  Pick a sunny day. The NSW DPI has put out a

World Bee Day 20 May 2021

By |2021-07-01T18:40:42+10:00July 1st, 2021|Beekeeping, Bees|

World Bee Day (20 May) was declared by the United Nations in 2017. It has been celebrated annually since May 2018, making this year the fourth celebration of World Bee Day. Growing quickly, the main purpose of World Bee Day is to spread awareness of the importance of bees and other pollinators for our survival.

Chalk Brood Advice

By |2021-01-29T19:01:08+11:00January 29th, 2021|Beekeeping, Hives, Pests and Diseases|

We have been advised that now is the perfect weather for the fungal disease, CHALKBROOD, to take off in European honey bee, Apis mellifera, hives.  It has been hot and now it is cooler and wet. Chalkbrood is caused by a fungus, Ascosphaera Apis, and it affects sealed and unsealed brood in a hive. Chalkbrood is

Royal Agricultural Society of NSW

By |2020-01-28T18:57:32+11:00January 28th, 2020|Beekeeping, News|

Official Statement: Support for communities affected by bushfire and drought A statement from the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Official Statement Support for communities affected by bushfire and drought

NSW Government Bush Fire assistance page

By |2020-01-28T18:32:37+11:00January 28th, 2020|Beekeeping|

Link to the Government Bush Fire assistance page Below is the link the NSW Department of Primary Industries bush fire assistance page. The government assistance for fodder includes sugar for beekeepers. Bush Fire Assistance 

Sugar Shaking

By |2020-01-17T05:52:36+11:00January 17th, 2020|Beekeeping, Biosecurity, Pests and Diseases|

WHAT IS SUGAR SHAKING? It’s a surveillance method to detect external parasites such as Varroa, Tropilaelaps mites and Braula fly. It is quick and simple – and does not kill the bees being sampled. The process of shaking bees in fine sugar dislodges the parasites’ so they can be collected and examined. To find out

Club Mentor List

By |2020-01-17T02:42:26+11:00January 17th, 2020|Beekeeping, Bees, Members Only|

For beginners: remember the best beekeeping so far as bees are concerned is none at all – just leave them a hollow tree. However, so we can take advantage of the bees considerable labour, there are many and varied approaches. Just be aware that if you ask five beekeepers the same question, you may get

Food Safety Online Training

By |2020-01-17T02:39:52+11:00January 17th, 2020|Beekeeping, Members Only|

“I’M ALERT Food Safety is an online food safety training program that various organisations subscribe to and deliver FREE food safety training to the food handlers within their local authority. I’M ALERT Food Safety enables a consistent and efficient delivery of Food Safety Training.” General information Port Stephens sign up page

Asian Honey Bee

By |2020-01-17T05:54:25+11:00January 17th, 2020|Beekeeping, Biosecurity, Pests and Diseases|

The Queensland Government Depart of Agriculture and Fisheries has a number of resources regarding Asian honey bee, including this manual of the Asian Honey Bee. This is a link to their page Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Figure 1 European honey bee (left), Asian honey bee (right) (photograph courtesy of Paul Zborowski)

Bee Biosecurity Video Series

By |2020-01-17T02:05:49+11:00January 16th, 2020|Biosecurity, Pests and Diseases|

  This series of 12 videos covers a broad range of topics including honey bee biosecurity and surveillance programs, a hypothetical varroa incursion in Australia and what it might mean for beekeepers and crop producers, information about the life cycle of varroa and hive inspections, and ways in which varroa can be controlled if it

Langstroth Bee Hive Temperature Variations

By |2020-01-16T06:00:35+11:00January 16th, 2020|Beekeeping, Hives|

This is an article by a club member relating to internal Langstroth hive temperatures made over various summer and winter periods in 2016.  It also includes notes and comments related to hive ventilation and humidity.  Included are a number of graphs of the measured temperature variations.  The PDF article can be found in the “links

NSW Department of Primary Industries – Honey Bees

By |2020-01-16T05:45:51+11:00January 16th, 2020|Beekeeping|

If you have or are just thinking about keeping honey bees (Apis mellifera), in NSW, you  must register with  NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Visit the NSW DPI here Along with registration details, you will also find a number of useful resources, such as: Pest and Diseases Pollination Policy and Compliance Biosecurity Code of

Crisis Time for Honeybees

By |2020-01-16T04:12:20+11:00January 16th, 2020|Beekeeping|

The general concern in the community about disappearing bees is well jusIfied. Indeed, it is world-wide and most relevant in the northern hemisphere where dwindling bee populaIons are causing more pressing problems than we are experiencing here. And well might the community be concerned, for more than half the world’s major food crops depend on

Solitary Bee House Plans

By |2020-01-14T08:25:49+11:00January 14th, 2020|Beekeeping, Hives|

One of our members constructed this Australian native solitary bee house suitable for any backyard. The insect entering the “hole” is a bee – not a wasp, and the bits of grass were placed there by the bees.   These are the plans – suitable for building from any scrap or recycled timber / tin (no

Bee Pass Chimney

By |2020-01-15T03:45:21+11:00January 14th, 2020|Beekeeping, Bees|

One of our members came across this at the Chateau de Chenonceau in France. Now that is a beehive – non of this boring box on a box stuff. Presumably the idea being to keep the bees well away from surrounding people.  A nice simple idea but what a piece of art. This facebook link

The Australasian Beekeeper (ABK) Index

By |2020-01-17T05:54:05+11:00January 14th, 2020|Beekeeping, Link|

Many members receive the ABK magazine – the club library also holds copies available to members. It may not be common knowledge that if you wish to find issues that have articles about a certain topic, the ABK Website has a “search” facility that will give you the issues that discuss the topic. A good way to


By |2020-01-17T05:53:45+11:00January 14th, 2020|Beekeeping, Link|

BeeAware is a hub of information for beekeepers and growers about honey bee biosecurity and pollination of agricultural and horticultural crops. The site contains an extensive range of information about exotic and established pests and diseases of honey bees, and helps beekeepers to identify and respond to these pest threats. It also contains information about the

The Warre Hive

By |2020-01-14T06:51:31+11:00January 14th, 2020|Hives|

For those interested in alternate bee hive design, this copy of the book by Abbe Warre and associated design plan makes interesting reading. Even if you do not plan to experiment with this hive design (and it could be modified to suit our removable frames), there is a wealth of general beekeeping information. Here is

Constructive Beekeeping

By |2020-01-13T08:52:31+11:00January 13th, 2020|Beekeeping|

The following is a copy of a book called “Constructive Beekeeping” by ED H. Clarke from the Cornell University Library. It gives an interesting perspective about bee hive ventilation and condensation which may interest members. The book has been converted from the “kindle” version and contains a few text and format errors but is very

Articles by Jim Wright

By |2020-02-23T17:22:57+11:00January 13th, 2020|Bee Stings, Beekeeping, Finding the queen, History|

Jim Wright heading to the November 2019 meeting Copies of short documents by Jim Wright. 1. Bee Stings The toxic effects and allergy associated with bee stings. bee stings 2. Finding The Queen Finding the elusive queen. finding the queen 3. Collecting Swarms Always a challenge. collecting swarms 4. About Bees A series

Backyard Beekeeping 1958

By |2020-01-13T08:12:17+11:00January 13th, 2020|Beekeeping, History|

This a copy of a 1958 article written by Colonel Pulling of the “Amateur Beekeepers Association of NSW Colonel Pulling Competition” fame. The article was found by one of our members recently and reproduced here in PDF format for all. Your PDF viewer should allow zooming in if necessary, and printing of the article. Backyard