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Wild Things: Native Bee practical workshop with Dr Tim Heard
Where: Rockdale Library, 444 - 446 Princes Highway, Rockdale 2216
When: Sunday 5, February, 1:00 - 4:00pm
Cost: Free, this workshop is not suitable for children under 10 years
Did you know that you can keep hives of native stingless bees in warmer areas of NSW, including Sydney? In this workshop, entomologist Dr Tim Heard will teach you how.
This workshop alternates between slide presentations and a practical session to build a strong foundation of knowledge and experience. His stunning slide presentation will cover the topics of bee nesting biology, bee foraging biology, diversity of wild bees, importance of bees in natural systems, traditional stingless beekeeping around the world, modern stingless beekeeping in Australia, using stingless bees for pollination of gardens and farms, sugarbag honey and its properties, rescuing bees threatened in the wild, and more.
In the practical session of this workshop, we will open a hive and observe the amazing structures within. We will divide the hive into two halves showing the process of colony propagation.
About the presenter
Dr Tim Heard is an entomologist, ex-CSIRO research scientist, and also a long term stingless bee keeper and promoter of native bees. He transferred his first hive from a cut down tree to a wooden box in 1985. Tim now keeps more than 300 hives of three species around south east Queensland, obtained by rescuing threatened wild hives and dividing existing hives. Tim completed his university doctoral studies on using these bees for crop pollination. He has developed new hive designs that allow for easy propagation and sustainable extraction of honey, without harming the colony. He has presented workshops and seminars for more than 20 years on bees in general and keeping stingless bees in particular.
For more information about native bees and Tim Heard visit www.sugarbag.net
Wild Things has been assisted by the New South Wales Government through its Environmental Trust.