Matthew is Beezotted about running native bee workshops for schools and community groups. Fairholme College in Toowoomba is still buzzing from the October 2016 performance,  as are groups in Tamworth, Inverell, Barabra and Manilla. In November and December 2016 there were more workshops in Millmerran, Leyburn, Cobb & Co Museum Toowoomba, Tenterfield, Bribie Island, Caloundra, Warialda, and Brisbane.

2017 workshops

So far this year: Barraba, NSW; Tamworth, NSW; Timber Tots Child Care Centre, Brisbane; Millmerran, Qld; and NSW’s Hunter Valley – Singleton, Scone, Muswellbrook,  Denman and  Merriwa, courtesy of Hunter Local Land Services.

Martindale School, Hunter Valley, NSW

September: Broome and Kununurra workshops – dates to be announced.

About the workshops

In the past couple of years Beezotted has run workshops at scores of Queensland 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 is as follows:

What:  Transfer a hive from log to box; 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 split a boxed 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