At this amateur beekeeping club we love to see people learning with others as well as using the library and online tools to build on the techniques and methods of beekeeping that most relate to your style and beekeeping goals.

We suggest before you buy a hive or any gear to come along to the club field days to shadow other beekeepers to find out if you are comfortable around bees before you invest in equipment or bees.

Some of the topics that you may learn through online learning are listed below, but it’s one on one with an experienced beekeeper that you will learn the sounds and feel of the hive.

Topics for your first 12 months of beekeeping, online and in the field:

  1. History of European honey bees and beekeeping in Australia
  2. Races of European of honey bees
  3. Beekeeper’s responsibilities
  4. Various beekeeper organisation in Australia and Queensland
  5. Legal requirements – Qld Biosecurity Act 2014
  6. AHBIC – Biosecurity Code of Practice
  7. Regulations keeping bees in the suburbs and in a rural areas
  8. The biology of the European honey bee colony
  9. Variables in determining a suitable apiary site
  10. Protective clothing
  11. Hive equipment
  12. Managing a smoker
  13. Types of Hives
  14. Standard Hive construction
  15. Types of frames
  16. Standard frame construction
  17. General hive management over the various seasons of the year
  18. Feeding bees
  19. Queen bees and breeding
  20. Swarming
  21. Removing Honey
  22. Honey extraction methods
  23. Pests
  24. Endemic diseases
  25. Exotic diseases and pests
  26. Chemicals and the effects on the European honey bees and the environment
  27. Flora – local types and timing of flowering
  28. Pollination services
  29. Products of the hive: – use of a refractor, grades of honey, honey comb, wax, propolis, mead
  30. NBKA membership and active participation

 (Reference – The bee book, Beekeeping in Australia, Peter Warhurst & Roger Goebel, 3rd Edition)