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

  • 26 Aug, 2019​Meet and greet with Dr Tim Heard, Childers, Qld + -

    Meet and greet with Dr Tim Heard author of the Australian native bee book and owner of Sugarbag bees.

    26th August between 2-5 pm.

    Come and meet Tim in an informal atmosphere and ask him questions about bees and the native bee association. https://m.facebook.com/Australian.Native.Bee.Association/ Tea, coffee and snacks provided.

    We will have some of Tims books available for sale.

    This is NOT a workshop.

    This is a free event, however bookings are essential! Please note - Without a booking you will not gain entry. To book call Sharon or Tony on 0499 027 115

  • 7 Nov, 2019Seminar: Australia’s native stingless bees, Shellharbour, NSW + -

    Seminar: Australia’s native stingless bees

    Seminar: Australia’s native stingless bees

    Date: Thursday 7 November 2019

    Time: 6pm – 7:30pm

    Venue: Shellharbour Civic Centre

    Cost: free

    Hear entomologist and author of the Australian Native Bee Book Dr Tim Heard talk about Australia’s native stingless bees, including those which can be kept in hives in the Illawarra. Find out about the fascinating lives of these social bees, their role in the environment, the small amounts of unique honey they produce and why they are so popular and appreciated by people. Copies of the Australian Native Bee Book will be available for purchase for $35. Children aged over 8 years are welcome if accompanied by an adult. Bookings essential at libraries.shellharbour.nsw.gov.au or call 4221 6222 (bookings will open late September).

  • 10 Nov, 2019Native bees, Sutherland, NSW + -

    Native bees to Illawarra Beekeepers Club in Sutherland, NSW

    Sunday 10 Nov. 2-3 pm

    Contact Penny Downy. Club President Illawarra ABA branch. 0438207292

  • 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

  • 13 Nov, 2019Talk on native bees to Hasting Valley Amateur Beekeeping Assoc, Port Macquarie + -

    Wednesday 13 Nov 2019, 7pm

    Talk on native bees to Hasting Valley Amateur Beekeeping Assoc

    More information coming soon.

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

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

    SORRY THIS WORKSHOP IS BOOKED OUT

    Native stingless bees workshop - Yandina Community Gardens

    Saturday 24th August

    12:00-4:00pm

    Book here: https://yandinacommunitygardens.com.au/product/native-stingless-bees-and-splitting-a-hive/

  • 24 Aug, 2019Native Stingless Bees Workshops in Calliope, 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.

    This is an official workshop of the Australian Native Bee Association and your registration give you membership for one year until July 2020.

    Morning tea and lunch will be provided.

    Book online at: https://australiannativebee.org.au/event-3428997

    Call Samantha Redshaw on 0409 242214 for more details.

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

    Keeping native stingless bees in Rockhampton

    Sunday, 25th August 2019 from 10am – 5pm

    CQ University North campus

    Attend this workshop to learn all about native bees, the solitary and social ones and how to propagate them. The stunning slide presentation will cover the topics of bee nesting biology, bee foraging biology, 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. In the practical sessions, we will open hives and observe the amazing structures within. We will demonstrate the various ways of propagating hives. You will pick up lots of tips on managing the native social bees, including how to extract honey from them. Includes honey tasting.

    ***Tea and coffee will be available at the cafe on campus (Expresso Heaven). The cafe will have basic lunch options (sandwiches, muffins, drinks etc) available for lunch, otherwise you are welcome to bring your own lunch***

    This workshop includes this year's membership to ANBA, the Australian Native Bee Association (valued at $50) for the all inclusive price of $50.

    Presenter: Dr Tim Heard with local beekeepers

    This is an official workshop of the Australian Native Bee Association (ANBA) and your registration give you membership for one year until July 2020. At the end of the workshop, there will be a quick meeting to vote on a proposal to form a local branch of ANBA.

    For further information, contact Dan Coughlan on 0419 203 240, email dan_coughlan@internode.on.net

    Book online at: https://australiannativebee.org.au/event-3483507

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

    Native bees and how to keep them

    Saturday 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.

    New Farm Library, 135 Sydney Street, New Farm

    Free but bookings required. Phone New Farm Library on 07 3403 1062 to reserve your place.

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

    THIS WORKSHOP HAS REACHED CAPACITY - APOLOGIES FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE

    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.

  • 7 Sep, 2019Are you ready to be a native bee keeper? Capalaba, QLD + -

    SORRY, THIS WORKSHOP IS SOLD OUT

    Are you ready to be a bee keeper? A native bee keeper, that is.

    Come along to this workshop and learn all about native bees, the solitary and social ones and how to propagate them. You will learn about the amazing relationships between bees and flowers and the importance of bees to humans. You will pick up lots of tips on managing the native social bees, including how to extract honey from them.

    The presenter is Tim Heard, an entomologist, long term sting less bee keeper and author of the best seller and multi award winner ‘The Australian Native Bee book.’

    Sat., 7 September 2019 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

    IndigiScapes Nursery, Runnymede Road, Capalaba, QLD

  • 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, Nundah, Brisbane + -

    Native bees and how to keep them

    Saturday 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.

    Free but bookings required. Phone Nundah Library on 07 3407 8701 to reserve your place

    Nundah Library, 1 Bage Street (via Primrose Lane), Nundah

  • 21 Sep, 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 21st September 2019

    $30 OR $25 FOR GARDEN MEMBERS AND STUDENTS

    Purchase your tickets here: https://www.facebook.com/events/353820905291000/?notif_t=event_calendar_create¬if_id=1558578964449865

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

    Native bees and how to keep them

    Thursday 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.

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

    A Day of Native Bees with Dr Tim Heard

    Join us at the Little Star Bee Sanctuary for a transformational bee weekend, with back to back native bee and honey bee courses featuring Dr Tim Heard, Steven Hayes, special guests and previous course participants. Camping is available. You are welcome to attend 1 day or both days. Price: $160 per day.

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

    More details and bookings here: https://events.humanitix.com.au/october-bee-weekend-2019?fbclid=IwAR11L34aPYBrJhsVtRzSLEwg8qd3ap-D4P0vtdkDLoh6GG9M5WyDzFt4JaA

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

    Learn all about Stingless Native Bees in Australia with Tim Heard

    Wed, 6 November 2019, 9 am – 4 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

  • 9 Nov, 2019Georges River City Council, Sydney + -

    Native bee full day workshop

    Georges River City Council, Sydney

    Presented by Dr Tobias Smith

    More information coming closer to the event

  • 10 Nov, 2019Northern Beaches ​City Council, Sydney​ + -

    Native bee full day workshop

    Northern Beaches City Council, Sydney

    Presented by Dr Tobias Smith

    More information coming closer to the event

  • 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.