Upcoming events

    • 3 Jul 2022
    • 13:00 - 15:00
    • Bulimba Community Centre, 1 Barramul St, Bulimba, Brisbane

    This monthly meeting will feature Jerry Coleby Williams speaking on the topic: on “Bees, A Personal Perspective”'. 

    Jerry Coleby-Williams is an internationally experienced horticultural botanist, a conservationist, a writer and Director of the Seed Savers’ Network Inc. Initially trained at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (UK) and the Royal Horticultural Society (UK), Jerry is qualified in horticultural estate management, soft landscape design, arboriculture, conservation, horticultural and botanical sciences.

    Jerry has managed plant production nurseries, urban forests, heritage parks, one of London’s busiest garden centres, and he helped establish Mt Annan Native Botanic Garden (NSW). For twelve years, Jerry managed the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney. His design of the Rare & Threatened Plants Garden (1998) launched a career in radio, television, magazine writing and public speaking. Jerry is a familiar voice and face to most gardeners having appeared on ABC Radio Talkback Gardening since 1995 and ABC Television’s ‘Gardening Australia’ programme since 1999.

    In 2003, Jerry created ‘Bellis’, a unique, affordable, sustainable house and garden in subtropical Brisbane by retrofitting a century old Queenslander house. Bellis exports three times more solar electricity than it consumes, the garden sequesters carbon dioxide, recycles all waste water for food growing in a water sensitive landscape that both mitigates localised flooding and produces a surplus of food even during ongoing drought. Growing 500 kinds of plant the food garden feeds the household, while the ornamental front garden features plants that are dealing well with our emerging new climate.

    Over 555 species of animal, including 23 species of bee, and about 3 new species, as yet undescribed by science, have been documented living at or visiting Bellis.

    Jerry’s website and social media page are followed in 111 countries, www.jerry-coleby-williams.net

    All are welcome to attend in person at Bulimba Community Centre, 1 Barramul St, Bulimba, Brisbane. Free for members, $5 for non-members. ANBA members can attend by Zoom, a link to join will be sent by email prior to the event.
    • 8 Jul 2022
    • 10 Jul 2022
    • Nambour Showgrounds

    The Australian Native Bee Association are holding a display over this huge weekend of back yard bliss held in the Sunshine Coast hinterland town of Nambour from 8th to 10th July.  Come along and meet Greg and Jennifer, Dean, Ian and other volunteers sharing their knowledge. Tim Heard and Rachele Wilson will be giving lectures and workshops, https://qldgardenexpo.com.au/

    • 16 Jul 2022
    • 13:00 - 15:00
    • El Arish Tavern

    'Our next meeting will be held at El Arish Tavern on Saturday, July 16 from 1pm to 3 pm. We will be discussing bees in our gardens and clypearis hive transfers. 

    Please bring along and show one or two of your best digital photos of bees on flowers in your garden. The photos can be on your phone.

    We will also plan a major clypearis hive transfer to be conducted in a house renovation at Mission Beach.



    • 24 Jul 2022
    • (AEST)
    • Urunga

    Coffs Harbour branch Annual General Meeting

    All positions - Chairperson, Treasurer, Secretary - will be declared vacant and we encourage nominations for positions before or on the day.  Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.

    The theme of this meeting will be bee friendly gardens. We invite you to come along with your spare seeds and cuttings to swap, as well as your top tips for plants that you’ve found to be attractive to native bees in your garden. Monica will also show us her garden and hives.

    Entry fee is $5 for non-members, gold coin donation for members please and there will be raffle tickets and prizes as well. Donations for raffles are always gratefully accepted!

    Stephen Fowler has donated his fabulous native bee hive for a fundraiser silent auction. Some of you will remember him demonstrating its design and rationale behind some of its special features at a previous meeting.

    If anyone was at the conference please share what you learnt or saw! 

    Contact Secretary Alison with any questions, albeswick@hotmail.com, or 0417 712 957.

    • 15 Oct 2022
    • 13:00 - 17:00 (AEDT)
    • Coffs Harbour Butterfly House 5 Strouds Rd, Bonville NSW
    • 32

    Rescheduled from 27 Feb due to floods

    Attend this workshop to learn all about native bees, the solitary and social ones and how to propagate them. The slide presentation will cover the topics of bee nesting biology, bee foraging biology, diversity of wild bees, importance of bees in natural systems, traditional stingless beekeeping around the world, modern stingless beekeeping in Australia, using stingless bees for pollination of gardens and farms, sugarbag honey and its properties, rescuing bees threatened in the wild, and more. In the practical session, we will open hives and observe the amazing structures within. We will demonstrate the various ways of propagating hives. You will pick up lots of tips on managing the native social bees, including how to extract honey from them.

    Starting time and place 1pm at the South Coffs Community Garden, Bruce King Dr, Boambee East NSW. At 2pm, we travel to the Coffs Harbour Butterfly House 5 Strouds Rd, Bonville NSW for lecture, afternoon tea and more demos. 

    Presenter is Dr Tim Heard,  an entomologist, stingless bee keeper and promoter of native bees for pollination, education and conservation. 

    Copies of The Australian Native Bee Book, will be available for sale, $35.

    If you have a hive that you would like to divide, you can bring to the workshop. But please contact Tim@sugarbag.net, or 0434416053, to arrange it.

    Price for members of the Australian Native Bee Association. $45, non-members $60. If you are not yet a member, join here, https://australiannativebee.org.au/join-us, wait until you are approved, then return to buy ticket. NB if you are not yet a member, it's a smart choice to join first, it will save you money.

    Price includes delicious afternoon tea. 

    Enquiries to Monica Rich, 0419298586, or email monicarich00@gmail.com.

Past events

11 Jun 2022 3rd Australian Native Bee Conference
28 May 2022 Cassowary Coast branch May meeting
28 May 2022 Gladstone Branch meeting
14 May 2022 Rockhampton Branch meeting
1 May 2022 Brisbane branch May meeting
3 Apr 2022 Brisbane branch April meeting
26 Mar 2022 Native bee workshop, Bundaberg Qld
6 Mar 2022 Cancelled: Brisbane branch March meeting
25 Feb 2022 Native bee workshop, Mid North Coast, NSW
19 Feb 2022 Native bee Workshop, Bundaberg Qld
6 Feb 2022 Brisbane branch February meeting
5 Feb 2022 Cassowary Coast branch meeting
5 Feb 2022 Sydney branch February Meeting
5 Dec 2021 Brisbane branch December meeting HIVE COMPETITION
4 Dec 2021 Sydney Native Bee Community AGM
20 Nov 2021 Native bee information display
7 Nov 2021 ANBA AGM and Brisbane branch November meeting
17 Oct 2021 Coffs Harbour Branch workshop
9 Oct 2021 Cassowary Coast Branch Meeting
9 Oct 2021 Information stall be at Plantapalooza, Rocklea, Brisbane
3 Oct 2021 Brisbane branch October meeting
11 Sep 2021 POSTPONED until Feb 2022, Native bee workshop ANBA Mid-north Coast
11 Sep 2021 Cassowary Coast Branch Annual General Meeting
5 Sep 2021 Brisbane branch September meeting
25 Jul 2021 Native bee workshop, Cairns
24 Jul 2021 Native bee workshop, Innisfail
4 Jul 2021 Brisbane branch July meeting
20 Jun 2021 Coffs Harbour Branch meeting
13 Jun 2021 Rockhampton Branch meeting
6 Jun 2021 Brisbane branch June meeting
23 May 2021 World Bee Day, ANBA at Northey Street Market
2 May 2021 Brisbane branch May meeting- “Using DNA metabarcoding to identify plants used by Australian stingless and solitary bees” by Rachele Wilson
17 Apr 2021 Into the Bush: In search for local Metallic Carpenter Bees
11 Apr 2021 Brisbane branch April meeting - My experiences with PNG bees by Matthew Middleton
13 Mar 2021 Native bee workshop
7 Mar 2021 Trehalulose, a sweet but healthy sugar in stingless bee honey
28 Feb 2021 Native bee workshop at Coffs Harbour
27 Feb 2021 Native bee workshop ANBA Mid-north Coast
7 Feb 2021 February Brisbane branch meeting
6 Dec 2020 ANBA AGM and Hive exhibition
3 Dec 2020 Mid-north Coast branch meeting with Gail albertoni
28 Nov 2020 Bundaberg Native bee workshop
8 Nov 2020 Bee conservation in action
8 Nov 2020 AGM Brisbane Branch ANBA
10 Oct 2020 ANBA Wide Bay Branch Annual General Meeting
4 Oct 2020 Our Journey with Stingless Bees, by Greg and Jennifer Shea
6 Sep 2020 Let me tell ya 'bout the nuts and the bees and the flowers and the trees
23 Aug 2020 CANCELLED Rockhampton Native bee workshop
9 Aug 2020 World of Meliponini // LIVE feed // Francisco Garcia Bulle Bueno
9 Aug 2020 Brisbane branch meeting and viewing and viewing of World of Meliponini // Live feed
2 Aug 2020 Cancelled: Brisbane branch monthly meeting and viewing of Bees of Eora, Sydney Native Bee Art Exhibition
5 Jul 2020 Genomics of stingless bees by James Hereward, Monthly meeting
7 Jun 2020 Monthly live online meeting
3 May 2020 Live online meeting with Kit Prendergast
1 Mar 2020 Brisbane branch March meeting featuring Brian Cutting
9 Feb 2020 ANBA Rocky Branch Meeting
2 Feb 2020 Brisbane branch February meeting featuring Flavia Massaro
7 Dec 2019 Annual General Meeting of the Australian Native Bee Association
5 Dec 2019 2nd Australian Native Bee Conference
4 Dec 2019 Meeting to form a Wide Bay branch
8 Nov 2019 Gladstone Branch event
7 Nov 2019 Mid North Coast NSW Branch meeting
3 Nov 2019 Brisbane branch November meeting featuring Alex Derrick and Kupae
6 Oct 2019 Brisbane Branch October meeting
25 Aug 2019 Rockhampton ANBA workshop
24 Aug 2019 Gladstone ANBA workshop
4 Aug 2019 Brisbane branch August meeting, featuring Stingless bee Honey
7 Jul 2019 Brisbane branch meeting, featuring Seminar on Native bees for crop pollination by Romina Rader
8 Jun 2019 The Amateur Beekeepers Association of NSW Annual conference
2 Jun 2019 General meeting of Brisbane Branch (ANBA Inc.)
5 May 2019 General meeting of Brisbane Branch ANBA

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