Events

If you want to learn more generally about bees, especially stingless bees and beekeeping, come along to half and full day workshops held in various venues in Qld and NSW. The workshops are a mix of photographic slideshows and practical sessions. You will learn how to divide hives and extract honey, and use the bees for pollinating your garden. Attendance price varies. Contact the organisers directly for details and to register. For images of workshops visit the Sugarbag Bees Facebook Page If you wish to know when the workshops details have been finalised and you are able to register, then like this page and receive posts. Please contact us if you would like us to give you a workshop, seminar, author talk, etc...

Seminars & Events

  • 19 May, 2019BeeNative - Panel Discussion on native bees, pollinators and their homes​, Canberra, ACT + -

    World Bee Day event at the Swedish Embassy in Canberra. At 13:15-13:45, see BeeNative - Panel Discussion on native bees, pollinators and their homes, with Tim Heard, Dermot Asis Sha’non, Peter Abbott and Juanita Rodriguez.

  • 1 Jun, 2019Tim speaks at Bulimba Creek Catchment group ​Sustainability Centre Open Day​, Carindale, Brisbane, Qld + -

    Bulimba Creek Catchment group Sustainability Centre Open Day

    Join us at at 9.30am for a presentation by Dr Tim Heard of Sugarbag Bees.
    Everyone welcome! Morning tea provided. (gold coin / free for members).
    No need to RSVP. Contact Heather 0410 840 343 / b4c@bulimbacreek.org.au with any queries.

    More info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2029652940675984/

  • 8 Jul, 2019Stingless bee biology and management at the Protected Cropping Conference + -

    Tim Heard (Sugarbag Bees): A brief introduction to stingless bee biology and management (live demo) 4.30-5.10pm

    Workshop: HOW TO MANAGE BEES AND FLIES FOR POLLINATION SUCCESS, at the Protected Cropping Conference on Monday 8 July at the The Star (Gold Coast).

  • 12 Jul, 2019Queensland Garden Expo, Nambour, Qld + -

    Tim will be presenting at this year’s Queensland Garden Expo on the Sunshine Coast hinterland town of Nambour.

    In his talk titled “Native bees and gardeners, a mutually beneficial relationship”, Tim will reveal how gardeners can assist local populations of native bees and, in return, how bees can improve our lives.

    Friday 12 July, 10am, Jacaranda Stage

    Saturday 13 July, 9am, Banksia Stage

    Queensland Garden Expo on the Sunshine Coast hinterland town of Nambour.

  • 4 Aug, 2019Stingless bee honey and a national standard, Chapel Hill, brisbane, Qld + -

    Sunday, 4th August 2019 from 13:00-15:00 at THECA 47 Fleming Rd, Chapel Hill

    Tim Heard and Dean Haley will address the August meeting of the Brisbane Native Beekeepers' Club.

    Presentation on stingless Bee Honey: composition, properties, microbiology and need for a Food Standard.

  • 11 Nov, 2019Australia’s native stingless bees, Sydney NSW + -

    DR TIM HEARD — AUSTRALIAN NATIVE BEES

    Monday, 11 November 2019, 12:30pm – 1:30pm

    Venue: Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW

    Tim Heard discusses the diversity and beauty of Australia’s native stingless bees, revealing how to distinguish between stingless bees and other bees, why they are so popular and appreciated by people, their role in the world and the risks they face.

    FREE — EVERYONE WELCOME, No Booking Required

Native bee workshops (including a mix of slideshows and practical sessions)

  • 25 May, 2019NATIVE BEEHIVE WORKSHOP, West End, Brisbane + -

    NATIVE BEEHIVE WORKSHOP with TIM HEARD

    JANE STREET COMMUNITY GARDEN, 103 Jane St, West End QLD 4101

    3PM – 5PM SATURDAY 25TH MAY 2019

    $30 OR $25 FOR GARDEN MEMBERS AND STUDENTS

    Purchase your tickets here: https://www.trybooking.com/boo...

  • 22 Jun, 2019Free native stingless bees workshops, Burleigh, Gold Coast, QLD + -

    Free native stingless bees workshops, Gold Coast. Learn about the stunning diversity of Australia’s native bees and their role in the environment. Learn how to keep stingless bees in a hive, propagate them and extract honey. You will come away equipped to keep your own hive of stingless bees in your part of the world. Presenter Dr Tobias Smith, Sugarbag Bees. Ages 15 and over. Bookings required.

    22 June 2019 Burleigh 9am – 12pm, book here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/naturallygc-native-stingless-bees-tickets-46096803781.

  • 10 Aug, 2019​Native bees and how to keep them, BCC Library, Brisbane + -

    Native bees and how to keep them

    Friday 31st August 2019 • 9am - 3pm

    Are you interested in keeping native stingless bees for fun, honey production, conservation or pollination? During this full day workshop, experience Dr Tobias Smith (ecologist and professional educator) teach you the basics of how to become a stingless beekeeper.

    More information coming soon.

  • 24 Aug, 2019Native stingless bees workshop - Yandina Community Gardens + -

    Native stingless bees workshop - Yandina Community Gardens

    Saturday 24th August

    12:00-4:00pm

    Booking details coming.

  • 24 Aug, 2019Native Stingless Bees Workshops in Gladstone, Queensland + -

    Native Stingless Bees Workshops in Calliope, near Gladstone, Queensland

    Dr Tobias Smith presenting Tim Heard’s workshop

    10am – 4pm, Saturday 24th August 2019

    This workshop alternates between slide presentations and practical sessions to build a strong foundation of knowledge and experience. The presentations cover the topics of bee nesting, bee foraging, diversity of wild bees, importance of bees in natural systems, traditional stingless beekeeping around the world, modern stingless beekeeping in Australia, using stingless bees for pollination of gardens and farms, sugarbag honey and its properties, rescuing bees threatened in the wild, and more. Practical demonstrations cover hive design, splitting hives to propagate new ones, extracting honey. If available, we also transfer a colony from a natural location into a hive.

    Bookings: Call Samantha Redshaw on 0409 242214 or book online at:

    https://www.facebook.com/events/200394540611116/

  • 25 Aug, 2019Keeping native stingless bees in Rockhampton, Qld + -

    Keeping native stingless bees in Rockhampton

    Sunday, 25th August 2019 from 930am – 330pm

    CQ University North campus

    Presenter: Dr Tobias Smith or Dr Tim Heard with local beekeepers

    Includes honey tasting.

    BYO lunch, or the local cafe will open for tea, coffee and lunch.

    RSVP to 0419 203 240 or email dan_coughlan@internode.on.net.

  • 31 Aug, 2019​Native bees and how to keep them, BCC Library, Brisbane + -

    Native bees and how to keep them

    Friday 31st August 2019 • 9am - 3pm

    Are you interested in keeping native stingless bees for fun, honey production, conservation or pollination? During this full day workshop, experience Dr Tobias Smith (ecologist and professional educator) teach you the basics of how to become a stingless beekeeper.

    More information coming soon.

  • 7 Sep, 2019Native Stingless Bees Workshop, Eatons Hill, QLD + -

    Native Stingless Bees Workshop

    Dr Tobias Smith presenting Tim Heard’s workshop

    Where - Yuraba Conference Centre, 240 Church Road, Eatons Hill QLD

    When - Saturday 7th September 2019, 9.30am till 3.30pm

    Cost - $40/person and includes morning tea, lunch and honey tasting in the afternoon

    Book your place by contacting Kim kimp@kumbartcho.org.au or phone 33253492

    This workshop alternates between slide presentations and practical sessions to build a strong foundation of knowledge and experience. The presentations cover the topics of bee nesting, bee foraging, diversity of wild bees, importance of bees in natural systems, stingless beekeeping, using stingless bees for pollination of gardens and farms, sugarbag honey and its properties, rescuing bees threatened in the wild, and more. Practical demonstrations cover hive design, splitting hives to propagate new ones, extracting honey. If available, we also transfer a colony from a natural location into a hive.

  • 8 Sep, 2019Native Bee Keeping Workshop, Postmans Ridge, Qld + -

    Hosted by Debbie Bassingthwaighte, Optimise Learning

    Venue: 88 Richards Road, Postmans Ridge

    Sunday, 8 September 2019 from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm (AEST)

    Are you interested in keeping native stingless bees for fun, honey production, conservation or pollination? In this 3-hour practical workshop, entomologist Dr Tim Heard will teach the basics of how to become a native bee keeper.

    Following a stunning slide presentation, we’ll move outside for a practical session where Tim will open a hive to reveal the amazing structures within, and then divide the hive into two halves showing the process of colony propagation.

    This engaging workshop will quickly build a strong foundation of knowledge and experience of native bees and you’ll leave feeling inspired and ready to keep your own hive of Australian Native Stingless Bees.

    Dr Tim Heard is an entomologist and long term stingless bee keeper and promoter of native bees. He has developed new hive designs and is the author of the award-winning The Australian Native Bee Book.

    $30 per person, including light Afternoon Tea.

    Places are limited and bookings are essential.

    Book here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/native-bee-keeping-workshop-with-dr-tim-heard-tickets-60702007338

    The Australian Native Bee Book: Keeping stingless bee hives for pets, pollination and sugarbag honey is a 256 page, full colour book that’s a highly-informative, extended version of the workshop.

    The RRP is $35, but if you purchase the special Workshop + Book package it’s available for only $25 ($55 total). If you select this option, your book will be given to you at the Workshop


  • 14 Sep, 2019​Native bees and how to keep them, BCC Library, Brisbane + -

    Native bees and how to keep them

    Friday 14th September 2019 • 9am - 3pm

    Are you interested in keeping native stingless bees for fun, honey production, conservation or pollination? During this full day workshop, experience Dr Tobias Smith (ecologist and professional educator) teach you the basics of how to become a stingless beekeeper.

    More information coming soon.

  • 10 Oct, 2019​Native bees and how to keep them, BCC Library, Brisbane + -

    Native bees and how to keep them

    Friday 10th October 2019 • 9am - 3pm

    Are you interested in keeping native stingless bees for fun, honey production, conservation or pollination? During this full day workshop, experience Dr Tobias Smith (ecologist and professional educator) teach you the basics of how to become a stingless beekeeper.

    More information coming soon.

  • 20 Oct, 2019A day of Native Bees at Missabotti, NSW Mid North Coast + -

    A day of Native Bees

    Little Star Bee Sanctuary, Missabotti NSW 2449 (40 minutes inland from Nambucca Heads)

    Tuesday, 19th or 20th October 2019, 9am to 5pm

    Presenter: Dr Tim Heard

    More info coming soon.

  • 6 Nov, 2019Stingless Native Bees workshop. Taree, NSW + -

    Learn all about Stingless Native Bees in Australia with Tim Heard

    Wed., 6 November 2019, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

    PCYC, 95 Commerce Street, Taree, NSW

    Get more info and buy your ticket here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/native-stingless-bees-workshop-tickets-61857378083

  • 12 Nov, 2019Sydney Wildflower Nursery Native Bee Workshop, Heathcote, NSW + -

    Sydney Wildflower Nursery Native Bee Workshop

    Tuesday 12 November 2019 at 10:00–13:00

    Sydney Wildflower Nursery, 9 Veno Street, Heathcote, New South Wales

    Price: $50

    Tim Heard, author of 'The Native Australian Bee Book' joins us for a three hour workshop on everything native bees. Learn about their lifecycle, how to care for a hive and watch while a hive is split and try the delicious honey.

    Book at: https://www.trybooking.com/499196

  • 14 Nov, 2019Native bee Workshop near Port Macquarie, NSW + -

    Native bee Workshop at Lorne, near Port Macquarie, NSW

    Learn all about Stingless Native Bees in Australia with Tim Heard

    Thu, 14th November 2019, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

    More information coming soon.