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Bee the Change  NEW

Bee amazed by exploring the world of natural beekeeping. Create Bee habitats and build your own Native Bee and Honeybee hive boxes.

Bees are integral to the future of our planet and plant species – you can bee the change to help them survive. Explore cooking and fermenting with honey, making mead, purifying wax and making beeswax wraps. You’ll delve into and get up close into the hives of European Honeybees, Stingless Native Bees and Native Solitary Bees. You’ll develop the confidence to work with bees in your own home, including setting up hives, handling bees gently and confidently and planting a bee-friendly garden. Learn how to harvest and work with hive products, including raw honey and comb harvesting and extracting honey. You’ll also assemble both a native beehive and a Nucleus Honey bee box to take home at the end of the course.

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  • Adults: $396.00
  • Under 18: $242.00

Prices include GST

Details

Age 16+
Skill Level Beginner & Intermediate
Time slot Whole Day
Status Full.
Location Bellingen Public School

More about the course

As working with bees is working with our environment - Each day is based on weather forecasts and parts may be interchanged.

Our unbelievable week together will cover the following:

  • Beekeeping on the Mid North Coast
  • Understanding the intimate life of a honeybee/ native bees
  • Biology of the honeybee/ native bees
  • The Importance of natural comb
  • Getting set-up for beekeeping: buying bees, making hive boxes & equipment
  • Site and Forage Assessment
  • Forms required for keeping bees
  • Handling bees gently and confidently     
  • Ensuring the ongoing health of your colony
  • Pests & Diseases
  • Swarming
  • Raw honey & comb harvesting techniques
  • Products of the hive and harvesting techniques
  • Honey appreciation
  • Cooking and fermenting with honey
  • Working with hive products
  • Planting a bee-friendly garden
  • Situating beehives in urban areas – backyards & rooftops 
  • Making a native bee hotel
  • Selected advanced beekeeping practices as identified by participants.

Day 1: Orientation/ Overview for the week, theory session on bees/ life cycle, opening and inspection of Honey Bee Hive. Theory – pests and diseases.

Day 2:, Thorough inspection of a honeybee hive, extraction of honey, overview of different types of hives and constructions techniques – Honeybee Hive construction (this may flow onto day 4)

Day 3: Native bee theory, native bee hive inspection and splitting, extraction of Honey

Day 4: Harvesting and working with hive products. Native Bee hotel construction and Stingless hive construction.

Day 5: Advanced beekeeping skills identified during the week by participants – queen rearing, splitting hives, winter/ spring box rotations, resource sharing

Please feel free to contact Steven & Trudi on buzz@littlestar.net.au for more information


Tutor

Trudi and Steven Hayes

Trudi and Steven Hayes

Steven and Trudi Hayes are the creators of Little Star Bee Sanctuary. Their education program provides dynamic training for those new to beekeeping, those interested in bees and to the experienced beekeeper in sustainable practices and hive management strategies. 

Check out these sites for more inspiration.

https://littlestar.net.au/

https://www.facebook.com/littlestarbeesanctuary/

 


Course Requirements

Bee the Change Material Cost

$210 covers everything you need to do this course it includes:

  • Bee veil/ suit
  • The Australian Native Bee Book by Tim Heard
  • Nature’s Gifts by Athol and Skaidra Craig
  • Hive products
  • Honey
  • Bee hotel materials
  • Flat packed Stingless Bee and HoneyBee Hives for assembling during the course

This is payable to the tutors on the first day of the course


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