Available to Members
Beginners are generously catered for with much care given to their questions and general needs.
Each meeting is followed by a cuppa and a chat with other beekeepers. Supper time can be a great time for catching up with how others are dealing with seasonal issues or anything that you may have been unable to ask during the meeting.
Instructional Field Days:
Once or twice a year club members are given the chance to participate in field days. These occur on site, usually in rural apiaries. Themes can vary and notice is given to members in plenty of time to prepare and plan ahead.
Field days are a great time to see how other beekeepers do things. To see, first hand, how to handle hives and bees and to ask questions of experienced beekeepers.
It allows you to see a working hive in progress and perhaps ascertain what kind of hive you want for yourself.
Equipment and tools are demonstrated and explained as you are encouraged to participate in the examination of hives.
Sometimes guest speakers attend and demonstrate specific subjects and topics.
Do you have an unwanted swarm?
Do you have a problem with an unwanted Swarm of Bees in the South Gippsland area?
If at all possible we try to collect swarms and re-settle them into new hives.
Julian Walker ....... 0413 252 128
This service is free of charge but may incur traveling costs.
If the swarm is situated high in a tree or in an otherwise inaccessible place (e.g. the wall cavity of a house) then it may be impossible to remove it and under these circumstances it is best to call an exterminator. If you are unsure, call Julian and he will advise you of the best course of action.
Package: De-capping knife, plastic tubs, extractor & strainer $20
COMING SOON: is a Comb Crusher
Contact David on 0433 035144 12pm-7pm
Pick-up and drop off from Korumburra or Club meeting
American Foulbrood Testing Kits:
The club has kits available for collection at club meetings. Testing is recommended to all beekeepers with one sample per yard or grouping of hives. Please click HERE to download the pdf from Gribbles Pathology.
This is a very useful and extensive collection of books & magazines which have either been purchased or donated.
Club members have access to a number of books & magazines available for loan from our club library. Subjects are wide and varied and include beginner and experienced beekeeping topics.
NEW NEW - Visit a Local Beekeeper Program - NEW NEW
All club members will receive and email to let them know the dates and locations of upcoming field days with experienced beekeepers. If you would like to participate in this program and attend one of the field days simply follow the instructions in the email. Space is limited as only 3-4 can be taken for each session. These dates are usually rather short notice as a reasonably accurate weather forecast must be available for the dates selected.
An email newsletter is sent out to all SGB members at the beginning of each month. A snail-mail version is also available for those without internet access.
The newsletter is a mixture of seasonal floral information, bee related articles from numerous publications, book reviews, members stories and beekeeping experience, calendar info and lots of lovely photographs.
We are lucky enough at the club, to have a number of very experienced amateur and professional beekeepers with many years of experience between them all. Beekeeping is often a multi-generational hobby/business also. A number of these people have made themselves available for the Mentor's List which is available to club members upon request. This allows members to ring mentors when they have urgent or complicated beekeeping problems or questions which cannot wait until the next meeting or an email response.
For access to the list please email: Attention: Graham Beasley
Would you like to collect a swarm?
Going on to the SGB Swarm List in order to collect a swarm can be a cheap way to increase the number of your hives
You will need to be available to collect the swarm and be prepared with the appropriate equipment in this event.
Please contact Julian Walker 0413 252 128 if you wish to be put on the swarm-list.
Julian will contact you when a swarm becomes available and you can let her know if you need help to collect the swarm.
If you want to be taken off the list please let Julian know so that he can remove your name and give the next swarm to the next person on the list.
This list is to provide access:
1. For people who have split their hives or have established swarm colonies that they wish to sell.
2. For people wishing to purchase a small colony of bees for starting out or simply to increase the number of their hives.
Races of bees will vary.
Cost will be at the discretion of the seller and not funded or taxed by the club.
Please direct expressions of interest to the Nuc List coordinator.
Please email Peter Gatehouse or call on 0423244107