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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…


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…


Bees & Honey Eumundi

I had the pleasure of visiting Gayle at her busy Bees & Honey shop in Eumundi. Gayle has immersed herself in all things bees, even going all out with this fantastic Bee Keeper shirt. Eumundi has a popular market every weekend which fills the streets and shops with crowds. 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…


Budding Kit Version 2 Features

This is the new version of my Budding Kit (Budding also known as Eduction). The previous version was quite involved in the construction which made for a great box but was possibly overkill, so i’ve stripped the design right down to simplify the construction while still providing the same result Read More…


Standard Native Bee Box Construction

This is 33mm thick x 100mm wide Hoop Pine, but you can use anything you have and adjust the measurements to suit. 33mm thick wood gives each frame the internal volume of around 2.9 litres, so the total box volume with all the frames together might end up around 8 to 9 litres. You might want to use anything from 25mm to 50mm thick wood. 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