Chance to learn about keeping bees

Beekeepers learn beekeeping skills. Photos: Sonya Crook

BEE health, pests, diseases, as well as sustainable sources of pollen and nectar are issues faced by all who keep bees, even those in towns, cities and on lifestyle blocks.

Following on from a successful beekeeping field day in February, the Southland Bee Society is hosting a beekeeping field day for southern beekeepers on Sunday, September 10.

Southland Bee Society member and hobbyist beekeeper Sonya Crook said whether people were beekeeping for pleasure or profit, the beekeeping field day could help them to keep healthier and more productive bees.

Topics would include organic beekeeping, pollen and nectar mapping, queen rearing and mating, organic varroa treatments, Apiculture New Zealand and the industry, trade suppliers and Southland hospitality and food, she said.

Speakers will include commercial organic beekeeper Ross McCusker, who will talk on how to manage varroa mite organically and maintain production; John Hartnell, of Apiculture New Zealand, beekeeper and queen rearer Murray Rixon; and Angus MacPherson, from the Trees for Bees organisation, which has developed a pollen and nectar mapping tool to help beekeepers measure and map pollen and nectar near apiaries, so plantings of trees and other plants can be strategically made to ensure enough food sources for bees.

Held at the Limehills School Hall, Centre Bush, the day will begin at 9am until 4.30pm, and cost $40 per person (teas and lunch included).

As seats are limited and it will be a catered event, there will be no door sales, so those wanting to attend must preregister by Sunday, August 27, by phoning Sonya Crook on 3 235 8371, or emailing

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