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Students Saving Bees

1/05/2015
​A top-bar hive similar to BYETC's complete with bee colony

During term 1 woodwork teachers and students have been busy making a new home for bees. 

A keen group of students lead by Ivan and Joe, two of BYETC’s talented manual arts teachers, have recently completed the school’s first top-bar beehive. 

The finished bee hive is not only an important contribution to saving bee populations but is a work of art (garden art).

A top-bar hive is a single-storey frameless beehive in which the comb hangs from removable bars. Top-bar hives are popular with beekeepers who believe minimal disturbance of the colony is more important than large honey volumes.

Did you also know that the honeybee is in trouble? Worldwide, a combination of loss of forage, agricultural chemicals, and long distance transportation for pollination is threatening the honeybee’s survival.

BYETC is grateful for the support of Paul Wood from Brisbane Backyard Bees in assisting the teachers with the design detail and information about bee keeping.

We are looking forward to the warmer months later in the year when we can introduce a new colony to our hive.