South Gippsland Beekeepers are running a Field Day to provide new or aspiring beekeepers with a chance to learn about beekeeping and get hands-on experience with bees.
Peter Gatehouse, President of the South Gippsland Beekeepers club said, “Beekeeping has experienced a surge of interest in recent years, with amateur beekeepers now outnumbering commercial operators. More than ever people are aware of the importance of bees to our environment, and want to participate in ensuring bees remain part of the landscape.” “We held our first field day in 2011, and were surprised when over 150 people attended from all over South Gippsland. Many went on to become beekeepers and joined our club. Now it’s time to once again to let potential beekeepers experience the fascinating world of bees.” he continued.
The emphasis with a Field Day is to provide participants with live demonstrations and hands-on experience with bees. Sessions will be conducted in small groups Meet the Bees – Beekeeping for Beginners so that participants can interact with experienced beekeepers and have their questions answered. Most sessions are under cover. Note: To participate in open-hive demonstrations a minimum of a face veil is required, and full bee suits are recommended.
The event will be held at the Mirboo North Recreation Reserve, from 10 am to 3pm on Sunday 23rd October.
The entry fee is $10 per adult, and free for school age children. More information at www.southgippslandbeekeepers.org.au