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Bees and Bee keeping


Bees and bee swarms on Private Property

Bee swarms on private property are the responsibility of the occupier. If residents require assistance with bee swarms on private property they can contact the Members of the Amateur Beekeepers Association of NSW who can provide advice on bee swarms or collect bees from properties. To contact a registered bee keeper phone 1900 925 222. Where swarms have been found in wall cavities a licensed pest controller may be required. Contact details for these can be found under Pest Control in the Yellow Pages.

Bees and bee swarms on Public Land

Residents wishing to report bee swarms in public buildings and land and Council owned commercial and residential properties should contact Council on (02) 99113555 during business hours. Council will investigate and depending on circumstances, have the bees removed and relocated.

Beekeeping in Lane Cove

Any person wishing to keep bees must be registered with the Department of Primary Industries - Agriculture. The Department also is responsible for investigating complaints about nuisance bees. Any inquiries or complaints about beekeeping should be directed to the Department of Primary Industries - Agriculture on (02) 6391 3100.

More information is available on the Department of Primary Industries website at

Basic Guide to identifying Bees and similar species DPI

Native Bees

For information on native bees hives and native solitary bees refer Ku-ring-gai Council website and WildThings




Join Tim Heard, entomologist and native bee keeper for over 30 years, and discover the world of Australian native bees and in particular how to keep the Australian native stingless bees Tetragonula carbonaria or Sugarbag bees in your backyard. The workshop is a mix of photographic slideshows and practical sessions including demonstrations on how to divided a hive and extract honey. Tim Heard’s book, The Australian Native Bee Book, will be available for sale at the workshop. Morning tea will be provided.

Discover the fascinating world of Sydney's native solitary and social bees, their habitat, behaviour and role in the environment. Get some great ideas about making your own simple 'bee house' for solitary bees and take a short walk to see native bees in action.