Whilst we move from self-isolation to gradually moving back onto our campus, the newest members of our SGS Community are quite safe and comfortably happy in their close colony. Our Agriculture team have just settled a colony of Australian Native Stingless Bees (Tetragonula Carbonaria) from Billion Bees.
We are very grateful to St George Men’s Shed who have built the bee boxes from recycled Australian Cedar, based on a design by three engineers. The bee box resembles the natural habitat of a tree trunk and has around 10,000 bees in it. Russell from Hepworth Metalworks in McCullys Gap, has also generously made and donated a stand to keep our bees safe and in the right position in relation to the sun. There is a hole in the top of the box that allows people to view and watch the bees as they make honey and reproduce. We can’t wait for our Agriculture students to return to campus so that they can explore and learn about these special insects.