BeeWild – Diane Norris

Diane driving her Land Rover “Lenny” which she is quite proud of, and thus provided me with endless jokes about rattly tractor engines, squeaky brakes and oil leaks, but I could be wrong and it might be a clever system developed to warn kangaroos that she’s coming down the road.

Diane’s base is a little cottage on the green rolling hills at Lorne where she runs her business – BeeWild, as well as heading the Mid North Coast branch of the Australian Native Bee Association. Diane recently published an article in the Association Newsletter about her extensive journalism career with different gardening magazines, her involvement in Sydney’s – Ku-ring-gai Council’s Native Beehive program for over ten years, and after the bushfires in NSW has continued her great work when she received funding with the assistance of ANBA developing her own program to get stingless bee colonies back in to the bushfire affected areas as well as many local schools and properties throughout the area.

I was privileged enough to be able to stay at the farm while visiting for a workshop at Lorne and grabbed some photos of the spectacular countryside, and of course… Lenny the Land Rover…

Contact: BeeWild Bees –

Australian Native Bee Association – Mid North Coast Branch –

Hivecraft - Australian Native Bee Supplies

Native bee boxes available at

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