Beekeeping Links & Resources

General Beekeeping Links

The Australasian Beekeeper – Australia’s own monthly Beekeeping journal, an excellent resource for all beekeepers from entry level to advanced.

The West Australian Apiarists Society – A great society to join for networking with hobby and professional apiarists alike.

Bee Industry Council of Western Australia Limited – Whether you are just interested in bees, wanting to have a hive in your backyard or would like to become, or work for a commercial beekeeper then you have come to the right place.This fantastic home-state website is definitely one worth exploring.

The Australian Honeybee Council – Mostly for commercial and semi commercial apiarists. The peak industry body for all beekeepers in Australia which aims to maximise the efficient use of industry resources and funds, to ensure the long term security and prosperity of the Australian Honey Bee Industry.

BeeAware 
– This web site is  packed with information and full colour photos on exotic and established pests and diseases of honey bees and ways beekeepers can identify and respond to these threats.

BeeMaster and Beesource (Forums) – A couple of great International beekeeping forums. If you have a question, there is a likely chance that it has already been answered here.

Michael Bush – Natural beekeeping without chemical treatments and only minimal interventions. Michael Bush is based in the U.S, but his approach to traditional beekeeping has a huge following around the world. This site is overflowing with a vast array of beekeeping information.

Natural Beekeeping & Top Bar Hives

‎Les Crowder  – Seasoned professional specializing in beekeeping with top bar hives and general management guidance. This link is to Les’s Top Bar documentary on You tube, his natural and logical approach to beekeeping makes all of his lectures worth investigating, regardless of your choice of hive.

Anarchy Apiaries  – Sam Comfort of Anarchy Apiaries is on a mission – two missions to be precise: Make more hives than televisions, and; Have a good time, all the time, with bees.

Sugarbag – A great site on native Australian stingless bees, demonstrating best practices for hive management and honey extraction.

Aussie Bee – A fantastic resource showcasing Australia’s 1600 species of remarkable native bees. Aussie Bee website promotes the preservation and enjoyment of all Australian native bees. 

Natural Beekeeping Australia – Specializing in Warré beehives, Tim Malfroy is committed to providing world class education to aspiring natural beekeepers and furthering knowledge of bee-friendly beekeeping in the Australian environment.

Downloadable Beekeeping resources

(PDF) The Australian Beekeeping Guide – Produced by a partnership between the Government, the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, and Horticulture Innovation Australia, the guide was first published in 1925 and has been revised many times since to ensure that novice and experienced beekeepers alike can benefit from expertise in all facets of apiculture.

(PDF) Biosecurity Manual for the Honeybee Industry – This 60 page, full colour book explains the Biosecurity threats to Australia’s honeybees and provides practical advice to both hobby and commercial beekeepers on how to protect their bees from established and exotic pests and diseases.

(PDF) Honey Plants in Western Australia – If you don’t know an old local beekeeper, and don’t have 10 years to learn and document it yourself, this Ag Department bulletin from 1969 is the next best thing. A credit to Francis G. Smith, the Senior Apiculturist at the time.

(PDF) The Bee Friendly Garden – A comprehensive planting guide for European honeybees and Australian native pollinators

AgriFutures – AgriFutures Australia provides access to a wide range of publications designed to help inform decisions made by Australian rural industries. AgriFutures also have a range of beekeeping videos on YouTube

(PDF) Beekeeping for All – This is an excellent book written by Abbé Warré’s and titled ‘Beekeeping For All’. It looks at the origins of the Warré beehive along with lots of other extremely useful information. First published in 1946.

(PDF) National best management practice for beekeeping in the Australian environment
A set of best practice guidelines for the honeybee industry in Australia, beneficial reading for all levels of beekeepers.

Food Labelling – Everything you wish to know relating to labelling and health and safety regulations that apply to you selling your honey.

“The bee is more honoured than other animals, not because she labours, but because she labours for others.” – St John Chrysostom

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