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Upcoming Native Bee Seminars & Workshops

Seminars, Talks and other events coming up.

Native bee seminar and insect ID workshop

Young District Landcare is hosting two, 1-day workshops in the Young district.

A 3-hr seminar about all things ‘Bee’ will inspire and teach you many things, including why bees are the best pollinators of many flowering plants. You’ll see images of our beautiful and diverse native bees and find out how to encourage them into your gardens, orchards and farms.

The seminar will be followed by lunch and a 2-hr, hands-on capture, ID, photograph and release session. You will get to catch live insects and get up close and personal with these captivating creatures.

Bring your nets, if you have them, sturdy shoes, hats, water and willingness to have fun learning about the fascinating world of bees and other beneficial insects.

Venues - to be advised.

Dates - Friday 13th or Saturday 14th of October 2017.

Time - 9am - 3pm

Watch this space for updates or follow the Bees Business Facebook Page.

Central Tablelands Local Land Services is hosting a 2-day “Training the Trainers” workshop

This workshop is designed to upskill community educators on native bees. Other topics will include honey bees, insect pollinators and other beneficial insect. Participants will be encouraged to share their newly acquired skills with the broader community and spread the word about the importance of native bees, or take part in a citizen science project, such as the Wild Pollinator Count or Pollinator Week activities.

Venue - Orange Agriculture Institute, Training Centre, 1447 Forest Road, Orange.

Dates - Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th of November 2017.

Times - 9am - 4pm each day.

Cost - $40 per person.

For further information and booking details go to see flyer below.

LLS Flyer for Orange Seminar.

Native bee seminar-style presentation

To start the celebrations for Australian Pollinator Week, Fairfield City Council will be hosting a seminar-style presentation on Native Bees.

A 3 hour seminar about all things ‘Bee’. Learn about just some of the 2,000 species of Australian native bees. Did you know that most bees are solitary and that they don't store honey like the honey bee? BUT, they are extremely important pollinators. Without these beautiful and diverse insects, many of the food crops we love could not be produced and many flowering plants could not reproduce. Learn how you can encourage and support our fascinating native bees and other beneficial insects.

Venue - Nalawala Community centre, Cnr Moonlight & Greenfield roads, Prairiewood.

Date - Saturday 11th November.

Time - 9am - 12pm.

For further information and booking details go to the Fairfield City Council event page.

Native bee habitat making workshop

Celebrate Australian Pollinator Week on Sunday the 12th of November 2017, with the City of Sydney Council.

Join an entertaining presentation on our wonderful native bees with Dr Megan Halcroft. The workshop will also involve a hands-on workshop in the second part of the morning. Participants will be able to take away their own native bee habitat creation (materials will be provided).

Venue - Sydney Park (location will be given on registration).

Date - Sunday 12th of November 2017.

Time - 9am - 12.30pm.

Cost - $10, to cover materials costs.

For more details and booking information go to the City of Sydney events page.

Native bee seminar-style presentation

Learn about bees and how they drive biodiversity and support food security. While most bees live solitary lives and don't store honey, they are the world's most efficient flower pollinators. They are beautiful, diverse and fascinating to watch with about 200 species of native bees calling Sydney and the surrounding regions home. Learn how to encourage many bee species into the garden by conserving or providing nesting habitat.

Venue - Waratah education centre, Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens, Bells Line of Road, Mount Tomah.

Date - Saturday the 18th of November 2017.

Time - 10.30am - 1.30pm.

Cost - $25.

For more details and booking information go to the City of Sydney events page.

Kurrajong a Buzz, community event with stalls and entertainment to celebrate Australian Pollinator Week

Proudly Promoting Australian Pollinator Week. Kurrajong village will be buzzing with stalls and activities to entertain the whole family.

For updates go to the Kurrajong a buzz Facebook page.

Venue - Kurrajong Village, Kurrajong Memorial Park and business precinct.

Date - Sunday the 19th of November 2017

Time - 10am - 2pm

Opening ceremony with the Major and Megan Halcroft

11.15am ‘What's buzzing you about Native bees’. A question and answer session with Megan Halcroft.

Native bee seminar-style presentation and hands-on workshop to get up close and personal with some important insects.

Berry Local Land Services is hosting a full day seminar and workshop where you can learn about all things ‘bee’ and learn about some of the other important insects in your gardens, orchards or farms.

Bring your nets, if you have them, sturdy shoes, hats, water and willingness to have fun learning about the fascinating world of bees and other beneficial insects.

Venue - Berry region, NSW. Location to be advised.

Date - Friday the 1st of December 2017.

Time - 9am - 3pm.

Booking information to be advised.

Councils should have information about seminars on their “what's on” part of their website.

Seminars generally last 3 hours and cover just about all you need to know about bees, of all types.

I will post upcoming events on my facebook page, if the councils are happy for me to do so. A link is on the Home page

If you really wanted to have a seminar locally maybe you could contact your council.

Some comments on past workshops and Seminars

Rockdale City Council
  • The Native Bee workshop was very informative and engaging. The participants rated it as an excellent workshop and that they would definitely recommend it to their friends. Importantly the workshop provided simple actions that residents can do at home to provide habitat for native bees in their gardens.
Blue Mountains Home Education Network
  • “My kids are relatively workshop phobic, but they stayed and engaged the whole time which was great…”
  • “My kids made the bees kits, the 5 year old with help from me. They loved making them non–regular honey bee colour! I used the Bees Business website to help make them, which was easy to navigate and instructions were clear.”
  • “All the kids really loved making the bee nests on the day. That was such a great simple activity. We all have them hanging in our gardens. It is great because it keeps up their awareness and brings it into their everyday life. I have to say, bees are looked at differently in our household now. We spot them much more frequently and discuss their importance in the world.”
Ku–ring–gai Municipal Council
  • 82% rated Megan's presentation as Very Good or Excellent
  • “Loved it.”
  • “Very entertaining and informative; could see lots of other groups wanting to hear her speak.”

Past Seminars

Workshops on Friday 28th July from 9am to 3pm at the Riverside Oval Clubhouse in Queenbeyan and Sunday the 30th of July 2017 in Michelago. Click on the image for the brochure to get locations and RSVP details.
A workshop at Braidwood Central School from 8:45am to 3:30pm on Saturday the 29th of July 2017. To register click here.
Saturday the 5th of August 2017 at the Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens, Mount Tomah. To book click here.
Liverpool City Council flyer giving details of the Native Bee Seminar at Liverpool on 18th June 2016.
A talk to the Oberon Gardening club on 20th June 2016.
Environmental Art Workshop and Native Bee Seminar at Willoughby, 21st May 2016.
A workshop for the Wollongong Council, 10th April 2016.
The Wollongong City Council page This is a link to the Bees Business Facebook event for this workshop.
Boorowa Community Landcare Group, 2nd April 2016.
The Boorowa Community Landcare Group website.
Willoughby Fauna Fair, Sunday 20th March 2016.
Willoughby Councils events page for the Fair and their
The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden at Mt. Tomah, Bees in your Garden. 1st November 2015.
The Mt Tomah event page for Bees in your garden.
A part of the Sydney City Farm Community Day Program. 21st Mar 2015 at 10am and 12. Not a seminar, instead a half hour talk on our Native Bees. "
Hornsby Council, 28th March 2015 at 1PM for 3 hours.
Hornsby Council
A workshop for the Central Tablelands Local Land Service based around using native pollinators in farming practices. 23rd Jan 2015 at 9am.
Sat 2nd May, City of Sydney Council, St Helen's Community Centre.
Blackheath Horticultural Society, 7th May 2015 at 10am for 2 hours.
22nd, 23rd May - I’ll be located at the Local Land Services stall
Willoughby Fauna Fair, Sunday 23rd August 2015.
Willoughby Councils events page for the Fair.