Events, Meetings, Field Days and News

Details of our upcoming events are listed to the left (or below if you are on a mobile device). We post them on Eventbrite (check the left column of this page). Here is a small summary, more details be found on eventbrite.

  • Apiary Field Days are held in Spring, Summer, an early autumn in Randwick community centre. We demonstrate how to manipulate bees, perform brood and disease check ups, honey harvest, swarm prevention, and winter preparation. In any case it replace a full course that has to be done before to acquire a hive It is important to pre-register / book for field days (as numbers in the apiary are limited).

Note: We are not able to accommodate children under 8 at the apiary field days. Children from 9 to 15 years must be supervised by a responsible guardian/adult and have their own protective suit (we don’t have children’s suits to hire at this stage).

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  • Monday night meetings: Hold in Waverley Library, Level 1, Theatrette. There is the opportunity to catch up with other beekeepers and members over tea and biscuits. We usually have a specific topic or presentation for each of the meetings see details below. Non-members are more than welcome to come along ($5 for non-members at the door. Free: $0 for members).

 

Example of past meetings:

On Monday 27th of May, 2019

The Medicinal Magic of Honey & Bees in the Congo

Whilst the medicinal properties of honey have been touted for millennia, there is now increasing scientific evidence for its usage in all sorts of medical conditions. From protective effects against oesophageal perforation in children who mischievously swallow button batteries to treating leg ulcers, come and listen to a fun and entertaining illustrated podcast of why every household and hospital should be stocked up with honey, especially in the winter months!

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Our Club has also been supporting the development of beekeeping and honey production in the jungles of a remote village in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  A short documentary of how Pygmies have been introduced to modern, sustainable beekeeping methods with the support of the Sydney Bee Club has been made and will be played during this meeting – bring popcorn!

 

 

On Monday 29th of April, 2019

Native Bees & Pollination – Community Action

Our last meeting on native bees was a real success so we thought we’d do it again! To ensure the future sustainability of our food security and the equilibrium of our natural, we need to understand more than ever the needs of our native pollinators and engage in community action to ensure their survival and diversity.

This Monday we’re inviting two native bee experts, Francisco Garcia and Dr James Makinson, as well as the founder of Foodfaith Sydney B&B Highway Project, Judy Friedlander (see details and the link below), to share their knowledge and insights with us. Judy Friedland has provided a short summary table (see below) that you can swat up on to shine during our live quiz polls!

We will also talk about bee-friendly plants to have in your garden and hold a beekeeping Q&A in addition to covering Club business, including up-coming competitions to be held in June at the ABA conference in Richmond. Finally we will also mention future Club roles in need of filling at our AGM in July. If you are keen and want to make a difference in protecting and educating about bees in all their forms, you can join us in the committee, help us and transform your own ideas into actions!

      Monday April 29th meeting

Foodfaith:

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Help and support the project  to build B & B highway accross Sydney.  Creating bed and breakfasts for birds, bees and butterflies

https://foodfaith.com.au/#home/fertile-common-ground 

 

 

 

 

On Monday 25th of March, 2019

Native Bees & Pollination – Experts Panel presentations

In the context where we hear in the news and read scientific evidences that insect populations and pollinators are declining all over the world, Sydney Bee Club decided to dedicate its monthly meeting to Australian native bee pollinators. Many native bee species are specialised and less generalists in their foraging sources compared to European honeybees. Moreover their diversity helps to maintain a stronger ecosystem and provides better food security. In challenged environments which climate change is likely to trigger, the diversity of native bees seems to be even more important to know and protect. In that meeting we had 3 experts which presented facts, books of references, research and Sydney community activities around pollination and native bees.

links to the guide to identify native bees from Tobias smith

References from Olivia about pollination dependance on insects:

Ollerton_et_al 2011

Klein et al. 2007

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On  Monday 25th of February, 2019

Deformed wing virus: how do vector transmitted RNA viruses contribute to the death of honey bees?

thumbnail_amandabeesuitphotoOur special guest tonight is University of Sydney PhD Candidate, Amanda Norton. Amanda’s background is in chemical ecology and she has been fascinated with honey bees since childhood. Her research investigates the relationship between honey bees (Apis mellifera), viruses and Varroa mites. Deformed Wing Virus (DWV) is currently considered to be the most significant honey bee virus worldwide.

The overall aim of Amanda’s research is to uncover the relationship between Varroa and DWV, and determine how Varroa affects DWV virulence and mechanisms of resistance in honey bees. Her project also aims to determine what effect Varroa and DWV will have upon Australia’s naïve honey bees and contribute knowledge to a continuity strategy, should Varroa and DWV become established in Australia.


Presentation at Sheraton Hotel –

As part of Heartforcity event, Naila was invited as “community voices” to present the club, urban beekeeping, and what made Sydney bees special! Well done on Sheraton, the artwork was exceptional! Sheraton made a donation to the club and this opened the opportunity to maybe host future bee conference there. The slides are available for you here is you would like to see what Naila presented.

 

 


NEWS from Malaika honey!

Simon is back to Sydney since this week end (3rd of March 2019) to attending Bruce’s queen rearing lessons.

He is keen to promote their work and beekeeping equipment as always. They have expanded their tailoring section, improved KTB beehive tools and also completed the fourth edition of our African beekeeping book. It goes a long way for them to develop the sector where they are working to improve techniques and livelihoods for poor farmers.
They also have their own propolis and he might have a few bottles of their honeywine left!
If you would like any beekeeping equipment, please let him know!

If you are interested please visit his website, check his catalogue below and contact Simon directly !

Office. (256) 782-178-097 / (256) 701 238 920
Mob. (256) 794-238-920
1097 Mawanda Rd Kalerwe Kampala Uganda

MALAIKA HONEY- Equipment catalogue 2018-AUD

P.O. Box 34782 Kampala Uganda
Email. s.turner@malaikahoney.com
www.malaikahoney.com
Facebook: Malaika Honey

 


NEWS!

The Ku-ring-gai Council’s WildThings Native Beehive Program is asking for volunteers to help split native Tetragonula hives over the months of October and November.

This event is great fun, very interesting and you learn on the job! If you are interested, contact the coordinator of this program, Liz Gibson, on 02 9424 0618.


The Sydney Bee Club is YOU (the members).
Please tell us what you’d like to see, hear, do and achieve.

We welcome and encourage you to be part of our committee or club in any of the roles, or perhaps helping out in another way.   If you are interested, but not sure, come along on the night to see/hear what it is all about and possibly send Phil (our secretary) an email to say you are not sure, but might be interested or let him know what skill you might be able to offer (e.g. website/social media/videoing/ labeling honey for sale…. the potential is your honeypot!

If you’d like to hear/see/ or suggest a particular topic or bee related speaker, please email us: secretary@sydneybeeclub.org.au


 

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