RESIDENTS interested in learning how to make their own simple beehive or to start professionally keeping bees are invited to a free event at the Lesmurdie Library this month.
Apiarist Michael Adams will host the free informative and practical demonstration All About Bees & Beekeeping next Tuesday, March 7.
Mr Adams said he had spent much of his life living on larger properties, seeking to cultivate a more sustainable way of life.
“Keeping bees is a traditional way of life which really does put you in touch with much older livelihood practices, and a much more natural way of living,” he said.
“I’ll be talking to people about the annual bee seasons, what influences honey production, how to cheaply and simply build a hive, where to get equipment, how to nail it together, paint it, light the smokers, and avoid bees crawling up your legs.
“I’ll demonstrate it all, and also bring along bits of a hive.”
Mr Adams said his passion for beekeeping started more than 50 years ago.
“I was living in the African bush, where bushmen took honey from the most serious bees in the world,” he said.
“African bees are incredibly savage; they chase you!
“I’ve seen them pursue people in large cone-like veils that almost drape over you.”
The talk will be held from 6:15pm to 7:30pm at the Lesmurdie Library at 21 Reid Road, Lesmurdie.
Bookings are essential. Book online at www.trybooking.com/OIVC or contact Lesmurdie Library on 9257 9976.