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    • 16 Aug 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Doncaster Secondary College, 123 Church Rd Doncaster Victoria Australia 3108
     7:00-7:30 Registration and refreshments
      7:30 Q&A
      8:00 AGM
      9:00 Members' meeting

    Guests are welcome to attend club meetings, a visitors fee of $5 is charged at the door to cover refreshments.



    • 15 Sep 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Heidelberg Lower Hall, St John's Anglican Church, 1 Burgundy St, Heidelberg
    • 0
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    This Introduction to Beekeeping course is designed to provide new beekeepers with both the practical skills and the background knowledge to start beekeeping with confidence. 

    The all day program is highly interactive and includes a live hive opening in the on site club apiary as well as other hands-on skill building exercises. Background instruction incorporates equipment selection and bee biology in addition to details of the Apiary and Biosecurity Codes of Practice.

    Our highly qualified tutors have experience with both conventional Langstroth hives and the new Flow hives as well as top bar hives.

    Included in the course fee are a comprehensive handbook and a copy of the textbook The Australian Beekeeping Manual  which retails at $50.

    The hive session is weather dependent and in the event of completely unsuitable weather, we will schedule an alternative date or dates.  

    A certificate of completion will be awarded once the online quiz has been successfully attempted.

     No previous experience is required and loan protective equipment is available for the hive session.  Lunch, tea and coffee will be provided.

    Note: You can register additional participants (eg family members) at a reduced cost - only one copy of the textbook will be provided. 

    Quotes from participants in the last course

    i loved it!
    It was an amazing day & I really appreciated the presenters time, thank you.
    Great course, well run, speakers ran to time, hands on was good, booklet well written & informative & we even got lunch!
    Great course, thoroughly enjoyed it! Can't wait to do the intermediate one and I hope to start beekeeping very soon!

    • 13 Oct 2018
    • 27 Oct 2018
    • 3 sessions
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    raise your own nucleus colony

    This program is a great way to obtain your first bees.  We purchase and supply queens from a commercial breeder.  Under supervision you will set up a nucleus hive at the club apiary.  A corflute nuc and frames of brood from the club hives are provided.  Over the next weeks, we guide and assist with inspections; monitoring queen release, commencement of laying and colony establishment.

    The program will extend over a month requiring weekly weekend apiary visits. On completion you will take the nuc home to install in your own hive.

    Dates are provisional and depend on queen delivery and weather.  There is some flexibility with inspection dates allowing a certain amount of individual variation.

    Due to limited resources this program is available to members only and capped at 10 places.  It is aimed at new members who must have completed a beginners course and will ensure a flying start to their beekeeping career.

    Last year's program was an outstanding success with all participants happily installing their bees at home following completion.  It was noticeable how quickly handling skills and confidence were built.

    • 03 Nov 2018
    • 9:30 AM
    • 04 Nov 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • Club Apiary, St John's Anglican Church, 1 Burgundy St, Heidelberg
    • 6
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    Queen rearing allows you to propagate from your best stock thus improving your apiary, is cheap and an important skill for beekeepers to develop. Grafting is straightforward and should not be intimidating.

    In this course we will highlight the biological principles of queen rearing, introduce the genetic concepts, summarise the various methods of rearing queens and conduct practical exercises in grafting and starting queen cells. 

    Students will gain hands on experience of the steps and will be eligible to receive a capped queen cell 10 days later to use in their own hives.

    Registration now open (places strictly limited). Note that this is a more advanced course that is aimed at experienced beekeepers who are already familiar with honey bee biology and husbandry and who are accustomed to  handling bees.

Past events

19 Jul 2018 July 2018 Monthly Meeting (Bee-sting allergy)
21 Jun 2018 June 2018 Monthly Meeting (Biosecurity)
16 Jun 2018 Beechworth Field Trip
17 May 2018 May 2018 Monthly Meeting (Honey competition)
28 Apr 2018 Club Apiary Opening (April 28th)
22 Apr 2018 Steering Visit #26 Vermont
21 Apr 2018 April 2018 Beginners Course
19 Apr 2018 April 2018 Monthly Meeting (Winter pack down and documentary)
15 Apr 2018 Wild Pollinator Count
24 Mar 2018 Club Apiary Opening (Mar 24th)
15 Mar 2018 March 2018 Monthly Meeting - Mead Making
10 Mar 2018 Intermediate Workshop: improving your beekeeping
24 Feb 2018 Club Apiary Opening (Feb 24th)
15 Feb 2018 February 2018 Meeting: Beeswax
10 Feb 2018 February 2018 Beginners Course
20 Jan 2018 Club Apiary Opening (Jan 20th)
18 Jan 2018 January 2018 Monthly Meeting
21 Dec 2017 December 2017 Monthly Meeting and Xmas Function
02 Dec 2017 Queen Rearing Course
25 Nov 2017 November 2017 Beginners Course
16 Nov 2017 November 2017 Monthly Meeting
19 Oct 2017 October 2017 Monthly Meeting
15 Oct 2017 Club Apiary Opening
14 Oct 2017 Nuc Nanny
21 Sep 2017 September 2017 Monthly Meeting "Raising Queens"
06 Sep 2017 September 2017 Beginners Course
17 Aug 2017 August 2017 Monthly Meeting "AGM and Biosecurity Regulations"
29 Jul 2017 Winter Workshop: improving your beekeeping
22 Jul 2017 Maryborough Trip
20 Jul 2017 July 2017 Monthly Meeting "Preparing for spring: swarming"
15 Jun 2017 June 2017 Monthly Meeting "Honey Competition"
18 May 2017 May 2017 Monthly Meeting "Insect Photography"
30 Apr 2017 Steering Visit #24 Warrandyte
30 Apr 2017 Steering Visit #25 Hawthorn
30 Apr 2017 Steering Visit #23 Bentleigh E
29 Apr 2017 Steering Visit #22 Caulfield
29 Apr 2017 Steering Visit #21 Eltham
29 Apr 2017 Steering Visit #20 Vermont
20 Apr 2017 April 2017 Monthly Meeting "Biosecurity"
08 Apr 2017 April Weekend Beginners Course
26 Mar 2017 Steering Visit #19 Blackburn
26 Mar 2017 Steering Visit #18 Fairfield
25 Mar 2017 Steering Visit #17 Park Orchards
25 Mar 2017 Steering Visit #16 S Oakleigh
25 Mar 2017 Steering Visit #15 Knoxfield
16 Mar 2017 March 2017 Monthly Meeting "Bee Vision"
26 Feb 2017 Hive Opening Social Day
25 Feb 2017 Steering Visit #14 Research
19 Feb 2017 Steering Visit #13 West Heidelberg
18 Feb 2017 Steering Visit #12 Reservoir
18 Feb 2017 Steering Visit #10 Box Hill
18 Feb 2017 Steering Visit #9 Glen Waverley
16 Feb 2017 February Meeting (Inventors Fair)
01 Feb 2017 February Beginners Course
22 Jan 2017 Steering Visit #8 Eltham
22 Jan 2017 Steering Visit #7 Hawthorn
22 Jan 2017 Steering Visit #6 Templestowe
21 Jan 2017 Steering Visit #5 N Warrandyte
21 Jan 2017 Steering Visit #4 Lower Templestowe
19 Jan 2017 January 2017 Monthly Meeting
08 Jan 2017 Steering Visit Park Orchards (10:30 am)
07 Jan 2017 Steering Visit Oakleigh South (10:00 am)
07 Jan 2017 Steering Visit Riddells Creek (10:00 am)
15 Dec 2016 December 2016 Monthly Meeting
15 Dec 2016 Christmas Party (December meeting)
17 Nov 2016 November Monthly Meeting
05 Nov 2016 Queen Rearing Course
20 Oct 2016 October Monthly Meeting
22 Sep 2016 September Beginners Course
15 Sep 2016 September Monthly Meeting
18 Aug 2016 August Monthly Meeting
13 Aug 2016 Makers’ Workshop: build a solar powered electronic hive scale connected to the Internet
21 Jul 2016 July Monthly Meeting
02 Jul 2016 WA Field Trip
16 Jun 2016 June Monthly Meeting
19 May 2016 May Monthly Meeting
07 May 2016 Beekeeping with the Flow Hive (May 7 and 8)
21 Apr 2016 April Monthly Meeting
07 Apr 2016 April Beginners Course
02 Apr 2016 Beekeeping with the Flow Hive
17 Mar 2016 March Monthly Meeting
20 Feb 2016 McDonalds Honey Visit
18 Feb 2016 February Monthly Meeting
04 Feb 2016 Feb Beginners Course
31 Jan 2016 January Family Day Social
21 Jan 2016 January Monthly Meeting
17 Dec 2015 Dec Monthly Meeting
26 Nov 2015 Nov-Dec Beginners Course
19 Nov 2015 Nov Monthly Meeting
29 Oct 2015 Oct-Nov Beginners Course
15 Oct 2015 Oct Monthly Meeting

Contact us

Meeting Address: Doncaster Secondary College, 123 Church Rd, Doncaster 3108

Email: mail@beekeepers.org.au

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