We have over 150 members and meet at Eton St South, Sutherland on the second Thursday evening of each month at 7pm. Our open field day is on the last Sunday morning of the month 10am-12.30pm. We have an educational centre and museum, shop, and offer demonstrations, invited speakers and courses on beekeeping.
You are welcome to visit , use the website to get the map and see what's on.
- Lamorna Osborne
- 0419 731 684
- Geoff Henning
- 02 95284292
Yearly membership $65 , family membership $90. Insurance available . Please see our website where you can pay on line and that enables you to then receive our aba newsletter, and the snippets called the Buzz, both of which come by email. By special arrangement we can do hard copy.
In conjunction with the Heritage Festival, 2017 our club is opening its doors to the wider community with an open day. This is a great opportunity for everyone to visit the Bee Gardens at Sutherland and find out about the bees in our community.
Due to the upcoming open day on Sat 22 APRIL, there WILL BE NO NIGHT MEETING THIS MONTH.
This month we will be installing our recently purchased flow hive. The brood box is already strong and our bees are bringing in lots of pollen and nectar so we will install the flow super and frames. We will also feature information on pollinator week and introduce visitors to some of our native bee colonies.
If conditions are favourable, we will create an artificial swarm. If you haven’t seen this before you will learn how the bees are drawn to move from their colony to follow the queen.
Spring is finally here. The nights are getting warmer, sunny days and there is a lot in bloom so your bees are busy collecting pollen, nectar and building their numbers. This month we will look at what you can expect to see at the start of spring and what you need to put in place to manage your colonies.
Spring has almost arrived and the weather is already starting to warm up again so that means flowers will burst with nectar and pollen and before you know it bee colonies will grow stronger and possibly swarm. We will talk about this very natural occurrence, what signs to look for and what to do if swarms appear.
After a bumper season, some of our colonies still have a surplus honey waiting to be harvested. So this month we will conduct our last honey extraction for the season. The day will include demonstrations of how to take honey off, when to take it off and actual honey extraction. We will have access to the newly renovated honey house so make sure you come along to look and learn.
We recently held another Open Day at our Apiary and it was a huge success thanks to the many members and friends who lend a hand. Also a big thanks to Council for their on-going support plus the local newspaper, the Leader who featured our open day on the front page! This was a fantastic show of support from the local media and we appreciate this magnanimous gesture.
Winter is almost here so that means the days are getting shorter and the nights colder. Bees are generally foraging less and that means little nectar and pollen is coming into the hive. If honey and pollen stores are low in the colony, feeding may be needed to supplement the colony over the winter. This months meeting will focus on what to look for and evaluate what and if any feeding is necessary.
Get Your Colonies Ready for Winter: Come to our Meetings this Month
Contact the Illawarra Branch
If you would like to know more about beekeeping in the Illawarra region, please contact us: