Workshops

Half-day workshops at the BeeZotted shed, Mooloolah Valley, Sunshine Coast, QLD:

  • Saturday 24 October – Booked out
  • Wednesday 28 October – Booked out
  • Saturday 31 October
  • Friday 6 November
  • Wednesday 11 November

Further dates to be announced – or call to arrange a date

Time: 9am to 1pm

Maximum four participants per workshop. Contact Matthew to secure your place.

Investment: $55,  includes morning tea with home-cooked damper.

These mini workshops are tailored to participants’ needs or skill requirements. Workshop topics and activities could include anything from how to educt a hive from a log or a box, how to make a box, how to carve your log, extract ‘honey’ the bee-friendly way, learn general bee knowledge, attract solitary bees, pest management, how to find native bees in the bush or in suburbia, story telling and didgeridoo performance, and ‘honey’ tasting.

Bookings essential. To work out your best date and workshop agenda please email or phone Matthew 0499 886 899.

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Matthew is Beezotted about running native bee workshops for schools and community groups. Fairholme College in Toowoomba is still buzzing from its BeeZotted performance,  as are groups in Sydney, Tamworth, Inverell, Warialda, Barabra, Manilla, Millmerran, Leyburn, Cobb & Co Museum Toowoomba, Tenterfield, Bribie Island, Caloundra, Mooloolah Valley, Mundubbera, Brisbane, Stanthorpe, Moree, Singleton, Scone,  Muswellbrook,  Denman, Merriwa,  Broome and Kununurra.

From 2018-2020 BeeZotted facilitated numerous village workshops in Markham Valley, Papua New Guinea, for the Switpela Bi Hani project run by PNG Biomass.

In PNG we found hives in many interesting places, from an old sewing machine to a tea pot and this discarded clay cooking pot.  Below: A. Cincta

About the workshops

In the past few years BeeZotted has run workshops at scores of Queensland, WA and NSW day care centres, kindergartens, primary and high schools. There are some of the principals’ testimonials on our home page, and lots of pics and more testimonials on the BeeZotted Facebook page. The following link gives a great visual of Matthew’s tour of 12 schools in three days across two States: Waggamba Landcare

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A quick taste before transferring log hive into box.

A quick taste before transferring log hive into box.

In NSW, WA and Queensland Matthew has run community workshops championed by Landcare, local gardening and environmental groups, and enthusiastic individuals.

Workshops are tailored to the customer’s requirements. School workshops tend to be shorter and more action-packed. A typical running sheet for a day-long community workshop may include some or all of the following:

What:  Learn bee care so they can care for you and your garden

Topics include:

  • What’s all the fuss about Australian native stingless and solitary bees?
  • Bees found in the area and latest information on their care
  • Solitary bees: what are they and how to attract them to your garden
  • How to quickly identify a bee or insect
  • Pollination, predators: the good, bad and ugly

Hands on:

  • How, when and why to educt a boxed or log hive
  • Transfer a hive from log to box
  • How to find bees in the bush
  • Box designs and bee rescue
  • ‘Honey’ tasting and story time

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