Woodend Bee-Friendly society
Promote the sharing of knowledge about beekeeping in Woodend and surrounding areas. Meets every third Sunday of the month, 3-4.30pm at Woodend Neighbourhood House, 47 Forest St, Woodend 3442.
The Woodend Bee-Friendly Society seeks to promote the sharing of knowledge about beekeeping between aspirants, novices, and experienced beekeepers in Woodend and surrounding areas.
Woodend, Victoria, has a distinctive climate with long, cold winters and relatively short summers. One aim of this Society is to develop best practices for sustainable beekeeping in the Macedon Ranges.
The Bee Friendly Action group meets every third Sunday 3-4.30pm at the Woodend Neighbourhood House
There will be no meeting this month but WBFS will provide notes and internet links on the subject of packing down for Winter.
Kelly Kulhanek a PhD student studying honey bee health and management practices with the VanEngelsdorp lab at the University of Maryland, USA.
Cleaning all equipment, rendering wax, reading for Spring and having all equipment ready for Spring
Mead making and tasting
Flow hive and requeening was also mentioned
Swarms/Swarming, how to avoid managed hives swarming
Planting for bees, native bees, saving the bees without keeping them
Guest speaker/excursion, Peter and Michelle Mc Donald in Castlemaine
There will be no meeting this month
The Woodend Permaculture Garden recently has received a large boost in honeybee pollination services from the Woodend Bee-Friendly Society.
Our last Woodend Bee Friendly Society meeting for the year hummed along beautifully today (18th November) with the room jam packed with 70 pople like a hive about to swarm.
The Woodend Bee-Friendly Society has recently acquired a powerful microscope for the detection of honeybee diseases, in particular Nosema, which has the potential to devastate local honeybee populations and thereby severely impact the pollination services so critical for many agricultural enterprises in the Macedon Ranges.
On 15th August, MRSG received $6,000 for an Events and Festivals Grant from the Macedon Ranges Shire Council to go towards the costs in running next year's Sustainable Living Festival in Woodend on 2nd March 2019.