elke's bees

Starting in Beekeeping.

Being secretary of the Sydney Bee Club, I have had a lot of people asking me what is involved in beekeeping with honey bees – Apis mellifera  (regardless of the style (e.g. Waree, Langstroth, Kenyan Top Bar or Flow Hive).

Keeping bees is a rewarding experience, and whilst the responsibilities listed above sound like quite a lot, the reason for these are to ensure responsible beekeepers so as not to compromise the biosecurity of our food supply and important pollination service upon which our agricultural industry relies.

Getting into native stingless bees (Tetragonula carbonaria for the Sydney region) is different to keeping honey bees (Apis mellifera).  Stingless native bees require a lot less maintenance, space, and does not require a license.  Australia also has many thousands of solitary species of native bees that are likely to visit  your garden (or balcony) if you plant out a flower-ful garden.