We were interested in keeping bees, so I decided to do a little research. We attended an “Introduction to Natural Beekeeping” course by Tim Auld from All You Can Eat Gardens. It was great to see a top bar bee hive in action.
Natural beekeeping is based on the principles:
- Interference in the natural lives of the bees is kept to a minimum
- Nothing is put into the hive that is known to be, or likely to be harmful either to the bees, to us or to the wider environment and nothing is taken out that the bees cannot afford to lose.
- The bees know what they are doing: our job is to listen to them and provide the optimum conditions for their well-being.
He recommends the following books:
You will need the following equipment:
- Hive tool
- Protective clothing
- Extractors – expensive, but can be hired when you need the honey
Tim Auld sells top bar bee hives.
You can buy these altogether as a package to save some money. Suggested suppliers include:
- Bindaree Bee Supplies
- Bob’s Beekeeping Supplies
- Ceracell Beekeeping Supplies (New Zealand)
- CB Palmer and Co
- Ecroyd Beekeeping Supplies (New Zealand)
- John L Guildfoyle
- Penders Beekeeping Supplies
- Stingless Bees
In Queensland, you need to register your hive with the Department of Primary Industries. You are only allowed 2 hives per 1000m2.
Books and resources