Learn, Contribute, Grow
A Hive Buddy membership is a place to experience high quality presentations from dedicated beekeeping community members.
What are the events?
There is a full schedule updated monthly to show what's coming up and what you can expect. The main event program is a Wednesday evening at 7.30pm (Australian Eastern Time). Weekly events...not bad eh?
Events Schedule Subject to Change
4 May 2022
What can you do with products from your hive?
It's almost limitless what you can do with the products from your beehives. Vanessa will take you through some of the common and less common ways to utilise the productivity of your bees!
Five things every beekeeper should know
Anna is full of well thought through information and advice based off her practical experience and years of research and interactions with many beekeepers. You really should listen to what she has to say.
27 Apr 2022
Tips for a succesful beehive removal
If you've never had the pleasure of removing a beehive from somewhere it's not wanted or where it might be a nuisance then you'd know how much effort it can take. Get some simple tips from Ben of how to prepare and what to expect when tackling one of the deeper challenges to beekeeping.
30 Mar 2022
A day in the life of a beekeeper with Varroa
Beekeeping with Varroa is not a nice thought. Have you ever pondered what it would be like to manage your bees if (not when) Varroa arrives in Australia? This free online event invites two French beekeepers (one hobby and one commercial) to discuss the differences in beekeeping when you have to consider Varroa. Let's learn in advance of this becoming a problem in Australia and see what else we can discover talking to our guests Paul Wood and Pierre Lemesle.
23 Mar 2022
Pests and diseases Part 2
In this second presentation about pests and diseases, you’ll learn about some emerging or yet-to-arrive invaders that cause damage or destruction of honey bees and colonies. The ‘serious offenders’ are a serious risk to honey bees. It’s important to be on the frontline of awareness and know how to identify these nasties, and what to do if you suspect or discover them in your hive or at your apiary.
16 Mar 2022
Have you ever met a Canadian Beekeeper?
Erica Shelley PhD
This is no ordinary Canadian Beekeeper, this is Erica Shelley PhD from Ontario. Erica is the CEO of Best for Bees who have been innovating their way with beekeeping based off her research on bee vectoring with the University of Guelph!
9 Mar 2022
Pests and diseases Part 1
Beekeeping starts off pretty rosy for most. Your first hive is thrilling, the Spring build up is great, you even get to taste some of the sweet honey but this can all turn on a dime when nature sets it's own path. It's even worse when you find out you could have done something to prevent it. It's time to get on top of pests and diseases that could impact your hive. This is part one of a three part series on pests and diseases.
2 Mar 2022
Requeening a Wicked Hive
If you haven't had it already then you'll get it at some point. Angry bees.
The thought of requeening an angry colony is daunting and made even worse by the fact that your new queen will probably fail if you don't think about it carefully! Vanessa's got your back, join us for this session...
23 Feb 2022
Water for Bees
It seems logical that bees need water the same way we do. But when you dig beneath the surface you realise that water is such an important part of hive health.
There's more to water than just a refreshing drink. Anna brings her scientific know how to enlighten you on the many reasons why bees need water.
16 Feb 2022
Why you need to plan your hive relocations very carefully
If you've ever moved your beehives you know that there is some simple preparations that can make this much easier and less stressful for you and your bees.
Ben knows all about this and will take you through options that can reduce the likelihood of a disaster.
9 Feb 2022
It's never too early to prepare for Autumn!
But it's still Summer! Yep, it sure is but it is never too early to start considering what your plan might be as the change in season approaches.
Carmel will take you through some practical considerations for what is important for this time of year.
2 Feb 2022