Bush Bees is run by teen Isaac Mayer, who is passionate about all things bees.
My interest began in early 2016, when my school purchased a native beehive with the money from a government grant. Because I was part of the 'Environment Committee' at school, I went to a book launch for Tim Heard's book (which I now affectionately refer to as the 'Beeble'). Not long after, I saved up to buy my own hive. A year later, I split my school's native beehive with literally no practical experience, just following a simple guide in Tim's book. From there, my passion only grew, and eventually I bought a second hive. I met up with Dan Smailes from Sydney Native Bees when my hive was attacked by a strong local colony, and he set up a bait hive to try and capture it. Later, he helped me rescue a hive from a telstra box that would most likely have been poisoned by workers. I also met with Melissa, from Sydney Stingless Bees, and later with Sarah, from Bee Yourself.
In July 2018, I attended the first Australian Native Bee Conference on the Gold Coast to see over 30 speakers and learn as much as possible about our fascinating native bees. There I was lucky to meet many native bee experts and enthusiasts, and I chatted with like minded beekeepers such as Steve from Native Bee Hives, Nick and Dean from Australian Native Bee, Sam and Jon from Redshaw Native Bees, and more :) The field trip the day after the conference was also super interesting - we split a total of four hives, viewed a hive design exhibition and visited a macadamia farm where native beehives were being used for pollination.
I am determined to share my love for these cute little bees with the world.