Your vegetable garden fruit trees and other flowering plants will be vastly improved. They will flourish from the extra pollination. Imagine producing your own 'Gippsland' honey ... It's delicious!
If you are re-vegetating your property by planting native plants a few hives will enhance the result. Current evidence is that a few honey bee hives won't adversely impact on Gippsland's native bee population.
Our responsibility to our bees and the agricultural community
By keeping a beehive or two you will be helping the environment by assisting to address the worldwide decline in bees. In recent years a phenomenon called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) has devastated hives in Europe, the Americas and Asia. The worldwide decline in bee populations due to the destruction of native habitat, increased urbanization, use of pesticides and devastation by parasitic mites (varroa) and CCD is a worrying trend. Australia, so far, has been spared some of this devastation but it is only a matter of time before our borders are breached.
Amateur Beekeepers all over the country have become a vital link in the early detection of CCD and varroa mite as they regularly check their hives and monitor the health and well being of their bees.
ALL BEEHIVES IN AUSTRALIA
MUST BE REGISTERED.
(More info - 'Reading for New Beekeepers page)
This ensures an essential bio-security link for monitoring of pest and disease incursion and spread in Australia. Responsible beekeepers care about their bees and are aware of the need for rapid and accurate reporting of any 'reportable' conditions within their hives. The agricultural community is counting on this diligence for the safe and healthy continuance of all agricultural industries.
Site updated 2nd June 2023
Location St Peters Anglican Church Hall, Cnr McCartin & Bruce Sts Leongatha VIC
Committee 2022- 2023 President: Andy Teitge - email - 0437 035 558 Vice President: Peter Gatehouse - email - 0423 244 107 Secretary: Anna Jones - email - 0411 770 062 Treasurer: Jackie Checkley - email - 0428 515 396 Club Meetings 2nd Thursday Feb - Nov at 7.30pm with Beginner's Group at 7pm