There is around 2000 or so native bee species found in Australia.
There was so much more at this information intensive workshop. You will find it all in Tim's The Australian Native Bee Book.
A mixed bunch
Some of those attending the book launch and workshop were from courses Randwick Council offers through its sustainability unit 's sustainability educator, Fiona Campbell, located there at the community centre (free courses in Organic Gardening, Forest Gardening, Living Smart and a science education program for pre-and primary schools in the local government area).
Others were from the Sydney Bee Club. The Club maintains honey bee and native bee hives in the grounds of the community centre and offers several free introductory workshops in beekeeping through the year.
Among Club members at the workshop were The Urban Beehive's Doug Purdie, who has hives through the suburbs and the CBD and who sells his honey labelled according to the suburb where the hives are located.
Doug Purdie's raw honey fresh from Sydney suburban hives. Doug markets his honey labelled according to the suburb where the hives are located. This is authentic Surry Hills honey from Sydney's inner urban area.
Also there was native bee expert, educator and landscape architect, Elke Haege, who installed the stingless native hives at the community centre.
Elke Haege, native been educator.
The Australian Native Bee Book bills itself as being about "keeping stingless bee hives for pets, pollination and sugarbag honey". 'Sugarbag' honey is an Australian Indigenous people's term for the honey that they harvest in the wild.
The book covers getting started in keeping native bees, understanding them and their role in the global biodiversity of beekind, foraging behaviour, nest architecture, the stingless bees of Australia, indigenous people and native bees, constructing hive boxes, bees and pollination, honey production and so much more. You're really going to have to buy a copy of the book to properly explore its range of topics.
The beekeeper's tools. The spatula is used to prise open the hive.