Education

The Backyard Honey beekeepers work with students Primary - Tertiary, teachers, landscape designers, Councils and community groups of all ages and hold current Working With Children Checks (WWCC) and Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) Registration.

If you have a sweet tooth for anything to do with the importance of bees in our environment, check out any of the links below:

Beekeepers and nature conservationists are united in encouraging improved conditions for bees to build pollination security and to safeguard our food security -   https://www.worldbeeday.org.au

The Wild Pollinator Count gives you an opportunity to contribute to wild pollinator insect conservation in Australia -  https://wildpollinatorcount.com                           

 Information about Australian honey bee biosecurity and pollination of agricultural and horticultural crops -     BeeAware.org

Bee health and productivity is affected by many factors, including the use of the agricultural neonicotinoid chemicals - Neonicotinoids and Honey Bees

Standards for the placement and management of hives throughout Victoria

Apiary Code of Practice

Raising awareness 

5 Tips for a Bee-friendly garden

A well-planned garden can be a healthier habitat for bees and other pollinators than a natural bushland, where the trees
and shrubs may all flower at once and little may be available at other times of the year.

1. Select plants that flower right through the year. Choose plants with a long flowering period, or choose a selection of
plants that flower in sequence Spring- Summer- Autumn when the honeybees are working.


2. Select flowers with a variety of colours and shapes. Choose non-sterile flowers suitable to provide easy access to
pollen and nectar like daisies, tea tree (Leptospermum) and Eucalypt blossom, Coastal native rosemary (Westringia),
lavender, salvia, sage and oregano and even weed flowers like Dandelions and grass flowers like white clover.

Bees have a preference for blue or purple flowers. Mauve, pink, yellow and white flowers are also popular.


3. Plant a group of each flower species. A bed or row of a particular flower attracts pollinators more easily than
scattered plants. A small Bee-Friendly Garden, Porch or Balcony also is great for the bees. Imagine how many extra
flowers there would bee for bees if every porch or balcony added a pot of drought tolerant lavender or rosemary?


4. Provide water too. Bees absolutely need a handy access to water to sustain a healthy colony. Bees beat their wings to
create a natural evaporative air-conditioning to maintain a critical constant internal hive temperature of 32C, especially
critical on a hot summer day to ensure the colony doesn’t drown in melted bees wax.


5. Avoid insecticides in your Bee-Friendly Garden. Insecticides will kill bees as well as garden pests. Try to avoid using
any insecticides in your garden. Encourage natural predators like solitary wasp ladybirds, flies, lacewings and preying
mantis. Learn more at
https://www.backyardhoney.com.au/your-hive

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