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Want to buy native bees and don’t know where to start?

Which bees do you like? There’s approximately 2000 species of native bees in Australia, most of those are Solitary Bees, with 11 species being Social Stingless Bees. Read More…



Australian Native Bee Conference 2019

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Hour Glass Observation Hive

I’ve tried to keep the design as simple as possible and i think it should work well, look great and be re-usable for many years. The Cypress has been finished with Tung Oil so should be easy to maintain over the years. Click for more photos and info


Alex Derrick – ANBA Meeting

Alex Derrick from Spicers Hollow Native Bees was the speaker at this months meeting and talked about how he became interested in native bees and the products he now makes for the industry. Read More…


Pollination Box 

Made by Sugarbag Bees (Brisbane small business), these boxes are intended for use on farms for pollination so design and construction is very simple Read More…


Budding/Eduction Kit

I’ve stripped the design right down to simplify the construction while still providing the same result, an easy solution for Budding a native bee hive from another box or log. Read More…


ANBA with Dean Haley

Dean Haley generously hosted this months Australian Native Bee Association – Brisbane meeting at his place with around 40 people attending. Read More…


Combining many ideas….

Brian Keeble asked me to make a new hive box for him combining many different ideas. He has kindly written an article outlining the new box features and where the ideas came from. Read More…


Native Bee Workshop at Yandina Community Gardens

Another fully booked Stingless Bee Workshop run by Tim Heard from Sugarbag Bees and hosted by Yandina Community Garden was held Saturday 24 August. Apparently there was a large waiting list as well so these workshops are quite popular. Read More…


Should you build or buy boxes?

Many new hive owners contemplate that question and probably never work out what to do or waste money heading in the wrong direction.Read More…


Native Bee Hive – Honey Trays

I thought i’d check on the Honey Tray progress. I made a bit of a mess taking them apart as the honey pots broke open and spilled honey all over the place. This is ok because it was completely separate from the internals of the colony. I placed the honey frames on a mesh grid to drain the honey. Read More…


Routed Timber Signs

I’ve used some rough Cypress timber slabs here, putting them through the thicknesser to achieve a nice flat surface. The grain shows up really nicely on Cypress, as opposed to Hoop Pine which is fairly bland. Read More…


Australian Native Bee Hives – Design and Construction of Boxes  – Redcliffe Qld