News

Bee keepers have a field day, honey

ALL ABUZZ: Benita Ironside hopes to draw more people into beekeeping with an information and activities day.
ALL ABUZZ: Benita Ironside hopes to draw more people into beekeeping with an information and activities day. Rob Williams

AN INCREASING number of Ipswich land owners are beginning to learn that bees are essential for more than just the production of the sweet, sticky, amber stuff you put on your toast.

The Ipswich and West Moreton Beekeepers Association is buzzing with 130 passionate honey-makers, but as the country's bee numbers decrease, environmental concerns are becoming more of a priority for the group each year.

President Benita Ironside said the club field day at Pine Mountain Hall would address the issue of declining bee populations and strategies to increase them again.

"When there are no bees around to pollinate, that means there's no food," Ms Ironside said.

"At the moment there aren't enough bees around so farmers are bringing beehives in especially to pollinate crops."

Pesticide spraying and land-clearing can also have a detrimental effect on populations of honey bees, as can the presence of a small hive beetle which has been responsible for destroying many hives across the Ipswich region in recent years.

On a local level, the recent dry weather has had a noticeable effect on honey production, with beekeepers unable to rob hives due to their bees not storing sufficient honey.

The news isn't all bad, however.

Long-time association member Noela Geeves said more young people who were buying larger properties were getting interested in owning their own beehives.

"We are very active with education and assisting young beekeepers," she said.

There will be plenty of opportunities for anyone interested in learning more about beekeeping to pick up some hints and tips at the field day.

Experienced keepers will also find it useful, with equipment sales and industry guest speakers including Bremer Institute of TAFE horticulturalist Nicholas Westwood, Dr Srini Srivasan from the Brain Institute and Ian Taylor, who will talk about the impact of pesticides.

"Anyone who wants to get involved can come across to our hives and do some hands-on work with us," Ms Geeves said.

"We recommend that you bring appropriate clothing like long pants, long-sleeved shirts and covered footwear if you plan to take part in these activities."

After this month's field day, the association will start putting together its popular display for the Ipswich Show.

The field day will be held on Sunday, March 23, at the Pine Mountain Hall, Pine Mountain Rd, from 9am-2.30pm. Inquiries to 0414 939 681 or 3281 4165.

SMALL HIVE BEETLE

  • Native to Africa
  • Larvae destroy hives and honey, bees abscond
  • First detected in Australia near Sydney in 2002
  • Now spread throughout Queensland

Topics:  bees ipswich and west moreton beekeepers association



Firefighters remove pregnant woman from car after collision

Drivers were caught out after the heavy rain on Saturday afternoon with three vehicles sliding down the embankment next to Bill Paterson Oval.

WOMAN taken to hospital after three car crash.

Teen passenger suffers facial injuries in crash

Ambulance with lights on

Photo Tony Martin / Daily Mercury

DRIVER charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.

Police search for Ipswich man missing on Gold Coast

A 20-year-old Ipswich man has been reported missing.

POLICE are calling for public assistance to find the 20-year-old.

Local Partners

Mine halt after land caved in

JACK OF ALL TRADES: Harry Gee Stationer, News Agent, Picture Framer at North Ipswich.

Subsidence isolated residents

Jennifer Aniston wants to return to TV

Jennifer Aniston is desperate to make a return to TV

Madonna hopes for election unity

Madonna hopes Donald Trump's election will "bring people together"

JK Rowling rules out Cursed Child trilogy

JK Rowling has ruled out a 'Cursed Child' movie trilogy

Buckley's chance in psychological thriller

James McAvoy and Betty Buckley in a scene from the movie Split.

Broadway veteran back on big screen with James McAvoy

Daniel MacPherson: acting’s a bit like channel surfing

Australian actor Daniel MacPherson in a scene from the American TV series APB.

THE Aussie export talks about making his mark in the US.

Ipswich house prices looking up in "seller's market”

Region's median house price climbed 1.4% to $325,000 and the median unit price fell 13.8% to $235,000 in the September quarter.

Median house price climbs 1.4% to $325,000 as unit price falls 13.8%

By the water's edge

Secure your seachange

Work to be done before Hungry Jack's opens

Roadworks outside the Hungry Jack's restaurant at Brassall must be completed before it opens.

Ipswich residents will have to wait for their Whoppers

HOT PROPERTY: Money to spend on land, buildings

File picture.

Sale, leasing of industrial real estate picks up in Mackay

Collapsed Coast company could owe up to $5 million

Staff, ATO, landlords among those out of pocket.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!