Buzzing with Landcare

Are you interested in learning about bees, or perhaps having your own hive but don’t know where to start?

The Mudgee Bee group will be hosting a training course on Backyard Beekeeping in February and have invited Bruce White OAM to share his expertise.

A retired apiary officer from the NSW Department of Agriculture and a hobby beekeeper, Mr White became fascinated with bees when he was in primary school. He got his first hive when he was 13 years old and now boasts over 60 years beekeeping experience.

Mr White has extensive knowledge of rural beekeeping and frequently delivers courses for the Local Land Services and the Amateur Beekeepers Association. He was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2011 for his service to the beekeeping industry.

Join us for a 2 day training course on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 February at the Straw Bale Shed, Australian Rural Education Centre (AREC), Ulan Rd, Mudgee. The course will run from 8:45am to 5pm both days.

Mr White will cover topics such as protective clothing, hive design, hive management, biosecurity, honey extraction and a whole lot more.

The course cost is $175/pp for Watershed Landcare members and $260/pp for non-members and includes notes, morning tea and lunch on both days.

Numbers are strictly limited and you must pay in full to secure your spot.

Please BYO beekeeping equipment – gloves, bee suit, veil, long pants and shirt. There will be some scope to share the suits of the bee group but this is limited.

For further information or to book your spot contact Claudia Wythes, Watershed Landcare Coordinator, on 0412 011 064 or

The Mudgee Bee Group will be meeting next Tuesday, 24 January at 6pm at the Straw Bale Shed, AREC. Anyone interested in beekeeping in the local area and looking for hands-on experience and education in a friendly environment is welcome to attend.

This event is supported by Watershed Landcare and is a part of the NSW Government’s Local Landcare Coordinators Initiative, supported through the partnership of Local Land Services and Landcare NSW.