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What is a Bee Sanctuary?
A safe space free from chemicals and sprays for bees to do what they have done since time began.
The sanctuary is a place of diverse flowering species that provides food and nutrients to our bees throughout the year.
Our bees are not moved like commercial bees, but stay on our property and are kept using natural beekeeping principles to keep our bees strong and healthy - the frontline defence against pest and diseases.
We purchased our initial property in September 2008 with the vision of living in harmony with our bees there. This has grown through experience, education and life - to now owning 2 further surrounding properties to enhance fodder for our bees and preserve our sanctuary.
The Sanctuary’s newest addition is a number of Native Bee Hives.
The main arm of our business is education at the Bee Sanctuary.
We attend various shows, conferences, festivals and schools, as well as host courses and experiences in our education centre.
Within the past year we launched the 100 Hives in 100 Schools project which is auspiced as a tax deductible charity through the Starfish Foundation. We beelieve that educating the next generation of bee advocates is the way of the future.
If you share this vision and wish to donate, you can do this through the following link or contact us directly.
Natural Beekeeping principles:
Our practices have been refined over the past decade. This has come from from touching on beeing commercial beekeepers to realising that happy bees means healthy hives and ecosystems.
Our way of beekeeping is to work putting the bees needs first, to ensure our bees are resilient and nurtured.
This means we no longer move our hives to maintain their biosecurity and integrity. We do not open hives or extract over winter. We also allow our bees to draw natural comb. We do not use the following practices:
* supplementary feeding
* use of antibiotics for hive health
* use of chemical control of pests and disease