On Saturday the 13th of June, John Grubb, the training manager at the Canberra Beekeeping Association came out to the village to speak to those who were interested in beekeeping. For those who were unable to make it to the presentation, or those who are curious, a video with the highlights of the presentation is now available under the 'videos' section of the website.
Key websites for resources:
Canberra Region Beekeepers:
It is essential to do the Beginners Beekeeping Course prior to setting up hives. Due to COVID-19 there are currently no courses scheduled, however, they should be up and running from September/October 2020.
Access Canberra: Keeping Bees
In the ACT, you must register as a beekeeper if you have beehives located in the ACT.
Canberra beekeepers are required to register their hives, effective Tuesday 24 May 2016, under Amendments to the Animal Diseases Act 2005. This helps the ACT Government easily identify and contact beekeepers in the event of any possible outbreak of bee-related disease.
Registration is free and valid for three years and can be done using the online registration form. Both commercial and non-commercial operators need to register, unless they have already registered in NSW.
Registered beekeepers are also asked to adhere to the Code of Practice for Beekeeping in Residential Areas and maintain a record of movement or sale or disposal of beehives; and promptly notify the ACT Chief Veterinary Office of any signs of a notifiable disease. For more information visit the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate website.
NSW Department of Primary Industries:
Information on pests and diseases, managing hives, pollinations and nationally accredited training.
Key facts from the presentation:
Plants to consider for a bee friendly garden include borage, heather, lavender, rosemary, grevillea, callistemon and flowering eucalypt.
Bees travel 3-10km to forage – so find out what species of plants are around us and their flowering cycle.
Position hives to face east/north east and protect from wind and hot afternoon sun.
Hives need to be inspected twice a year in spring and pre-winter.
A polystyrene Langstroth hive is recommended in Canberra to keep bees warm in winter and cool in summer.
Beekeeping is just like any other pet – care and maintenance is required year-round.
Keeping bees is like having your personal Game of Thrones (you just had to be at the presentation to get that one!)
A huge thank you to Eloise Maree & John Grubb for organising this presentation!