Honey bees expert goes native in quest to promote industry
DR Tim Heard, author of The Australian Native Bee Book: Keeping stingless beehives for pets, pollination and sugarbag honey, will be at Grafton Library on Wednesday evening.
Dr Heard is in Grafton to take part in a Native Stingless Bee Expo during the day and will discuss his recent book at a public event at the Sir Earle Page Library and Education Centre at 6pm.
An entomologist, ex-CSIRO research scientist, and long-term keeper and promoter of Australia's native stingless bees and native bees in general, he has published more than 120 research papers and popular articles, including 50 on bees and pollination.
Dr Heard obtained his first stingless beehive in 1985, and now keeps more than 300 hives of three species around south-east Queensland. He has personally propagated more than 2000 new colonies.
He has developed new hive designs for stingless bees that allow easy and sustainable propagation of new hives and extraction of honey.
He has presented workshops and seminars for more than 20 years on bees in general, and on keeping stingless bees in particular.
Dr Heard currently runs Sugarbag Bees, which produces stingless beehives, offers beekeeping services, and conducts workshops, seminars and research on Australia's native stingless bees.