Learning about your backyard bees

Ever wanted to have your very own honey-producing beehive in your backyard? Well now’s your chance to learn how to look after your backyard bees and manage a hive thanks to a training course being offered the Mudgee Bee Group.

The group is a Watershed Landcare special interest group, providing training, peer support and mentoring to aspiring apiarists.

Their two-day training course will teach Mudgee region residents all about bees and how to get their own hive started.

Bee expert and retired apiary officer from the NSW Department of Agriculture, Bruce White OAM, has been invited to share his beekeeping knowledge. He will cover topics such as protective clothing, hive design, hive management, biosecurity, honey extraction and more.

Mr White has over 60 years beekeeping experience and extensive knowledge of rural beekeeping, having also been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2011 for his service to the beekeeping industry – so you know you’ll be learning from one of the best.

The course will run on Saturday, February 25 and Sunday, February 26 at the Straw Bale Shed and cost $175 per person for Watershed Landcare members and $260 per person for non-members.

The cost of the course includes notes, morning tea and lunch on both days.

Those thinking about joining in should note that it’s BYO beekeeping equipment – i.e. gloves, bee suit, veil, long pants and shirt. There will be some scope to share the suits of the bee group but this is limited.

Anyone who’s interested in Mudgee’s bees or wants to know more about keeping a beehive should head along.

To find out more about the event, or to book, contact Claudia Wythes, Watershed Landcare Coordinator, on 0412 011 064 or claudiawythes@watershedlandcare.com.au.

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