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WESTERN AUSTRALIAN
APIARISTS' SOCIETY

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The Western Australian Apiarists’ Society (WAAS) is an incorporated not for profit association whose members are beekeepers and people simply interested in bees.  Some members are professional or ex-professional beekeepers, but most have a small number of hives and could be best described as hobbyists.

WAAS was founded in 1953. It is the second oldest beekeeping association in Australia, and with over 1000 members is one of, if not the largest in Australia. WAAS is managed by an elected committee of members and relies on volunteers for most of its activities.

WAAS has Chapters operating in regional Western Australia, covering the Greater Bunbury region, and the Margaret River region. Link to our Chapters page for more information and contact details for these groups.

We also have Bee Buddy groups all over the Perth metropolitan area and in a growing number of country towns. Check out upcoming meetings and other ativities on our events calendar.

WAAS provides education, support, fellowship opportunities and third party insurance for your bees and honey products. You will also get access to our members only pages, full of useful beekeeping resources, recordings of past meetings, an online shop and much more. If you are a current or prospective beekeeper, why not join us

Beekeepers asked to monitor hives for Red dwarf honey bee

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development is responding to a detection of Red dwarf honey bee (Apis Florea) in the Perth suburb of Forrestfield, calling on the State’s beekeepers to check their hives for the pest.

A single swarm of the exotic bees was found on a recently imported sea container transferred to Forrestfield. The swarm was quickly contained and destroyed. Beekeepers with hives along the rail transport route between Fremantle and Forrestfield have been asked to inspect hives regularly and report anything unusual to the department’s Pest and Disease Information Service (PaDIS).

For more information read the full DPIRD press release here.

     

Apis Florea generally nest in the open (note pictures), not in a cavity. Any bees seen open nesting require closer examination.

IMPORTANT NEWS FOR WA BEEKEEPERS

Lighting your smoker during the restricted burning period (October to April) must be done with caution. Legally you must ensure that you have cleared or wet down a 3 meter zone around your hives, have at least one fire extinguisher or sufficent water on hand to put out a spot fire, carry your smoker in a fire proof container, such as a metal bucket and refrain from using your smoker on days when a total fire ban is in place. You can check for total fire bans on the EmergencyWA website.

Leaving your bees in peace on a hot day is always the best option for them too!


lEARN ABOUT BEEKEEPING

Getting started with beekeeping


A checklist of the things you need to know before you decide to keep bees.

Best Practice Guidelines for Urban Beekeeping

Practical advice on the best ways to manage bees in urban settings  so as to minimise impacts on neighbours.

Swarms



What to do if a swarm lands in your garden!

Find a swarmcatcher to help remove swarms or feral hives from your property.


Legal obligations



Learn about the legal requirements associated with beekeeping, from registration, and council approvals.

Contact

Have any questions? Need more information? Have something to send us? Please visit our Contacts page. We are volunteer organisation so it is best to contact us by email. We will reply as soon as we can.

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Join other hobby beekeepers across Western Australia and beyond - benefit from education, support and fellowship opportunities. 

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