Backyard Beekeeping Bowral
Saturday 06 March 2021 to Sunday 19 December 2021 (WEEKLY event)
Love honey? Love bees? Get suited up and visit a beehive hive. In this activity, you’ll arrive at your hosts, Hamish's' home in Bowral and, after a quick look over the hives (from a distance), you'll start with a honey tasting (with morning tea of fresh scones).
Hamish likes to think of it as "tasting the seasons" as he'll take you through honey taken from the same hives at different times of the year. You'll get to try bushfire honey, early spring and honey a week old. This leads beautifully into an overview of a colony and the lifecycle of a honey bee, queen and drones.
You will then "suit up" in a professional sting proof suit and collect leaves and bark to light a smoker. After this, Hamish will take you to the hives and you'll be shown through the different styles, including the new Flow Hive and the process of doing a standard inspection. You'll then check for the queen's laying pattern, check for honey stores, and check for pests. If you're lucky, you'll find “Liz” the current queen (lol).