Services

Swarm Removal

Do you have a swarm of bees in your garden or somewhere on your property. If so, give us a call and we’ll remove the bees and hive in a safe and bee friendly way. Our primary concern, apart from your safety, is the welfare of the bees and their safe removal from your property.

One on One Mentoring

If you’re a New-bee and would like to setup your own hive at home, Surfcoast Honey offers two one hour introductory sessions to help you get up and going. These sessions are one on one offering direct and personal advice on beekeeping.

Hive Management

If you already have a hive or hives on your property and don’t have time or the equipment to manage them, Surfcoast Honey offer a hive maintenance service designed to manage and look after your hives. The service covers a regular schedule of visits over the 12 month period and includes regular health checks covering disease identification and remediation, harvesting of honey and general maintenance.
Adhoc Package $150
• Covers urgent call out inspection of up to 1 hour onsite.
Basic Package – $600 annually
• 5 inspections per year to check health of brood for disease, treat for pests and to reduce the chance of swarming.
• Advice on feeding, adding supers, preparing for winter, etc..
• Inspections are scheduled in advance. The first being in early spring to check the health of the hive post winter. The second, third and fourth evenly spread between October to March to ensure the health of the hive and to check on honey production and the fifth (last) in April towards the end of autumn to ensure the hive is packed down for winter.
• Records are kept of all inspections to comply with the Biosecurity Code of Practice.
Full Package – $900 annually
• Up to 10 inspections per year including the basic package.
• Full management of your honey flow, adding supers when required, extracting and packing your honey in a commercial kitchen for you.
• Re-queening the hive if or when needed.
• The fee also includes the replacement of the colony of bees in the event of them absconding or not surviving the winter.
• I will treat and manage your hive as if they were my own and will purchase any excess honey at a wholesale price, thus reducing the overall cost of the service to you.

Pollination

Surfcoast Honey will place hives on your property to help with pollination and general blossom promotion and health. Statistics show that hives on your property will increase blossom growth by up to 70%, so if you have a vegetable plot, an orchard or flower plantation contact us and we’ll place hives on your property during the Spring and early Summer to promote pollination and blossom health.

Educational

Surfcoast Honey provides group sessions designed to educate children and adults on the importance of and the many benefits bees can bring to our environment. So if you are a teacher, at either a kindergarten or school, or a leader of a community group or center and would like your class or group to learn about bees let us know. Our sessions are tailored around the needs and educational level and interest of the students or group participants.

Adopt-a-Hive

Always wanted your own bees but don’t have the space or permission?
A new way to get involved and to contribute to the health of the environment is to adopt a hive.
We are now offering a remote apiary hive sponsorship program where we will look after the bees for you at one of our apiaries and give you some of the delicious rewards in return.
Currently you can choose from honey in any of our locations along the Surfcoast, including Bells Beach, Bellbrae, Torquay and Paraparap. This will expand to include Anglesea, Aireys Inlet and Lorne as our business grows. The bees will be maintained by an experienced beekeeper in a manner which is in the best interest of the bees and we’ll provide you with photo and commentary updates throughout the season so you can see your adopted hive prosper and grow.
The advantages of adopting a hive
• Making an important contribution to the environment by promoting the health of bees and sourcing food locally to the coast.
• You get your very own honey from your very own adoptive hive, in personalised 1 kilo jars delivered to your door.
• Helping to raise the number of bees in the community and helping to build an army of healthy pollinators in response to some of the challenges bees are facing around the world.
• Being part of a wider community that wants to know how their food is really being produced.
• Your very own Adopt-a-Hive certificate with your name outlining the benefits of the scheme which you can print and frame.
The options are:
$90 per year – 3 kilos
$150 per year – 5 kilos
$240 per year – 8 kilos
$270 per year – 9 kilos
$450 per year – 15 kilos
So if you think you’d like to adopt a hive let us know by emailing us at surfcoasthoney@outlook.com and we’ll help you decide the option that suits you best.

Host-a-Hive

$350 per year (6 kilos of honey a year, bottled in 2 kilo jars)
Are your fruit trees hardly producing fruit or no fruit at all? Having a beehive on your property will increase the productivity of your garden by up to 70%.
Insects are responsible for pollinating an estimated 65% of all flowering plants, including most commercial crops. Bees are by far the most important insect pollinators, with one third of mankind’s food production being reliant upon these industrious little creatures. But bee populations are currently in decline around the globe, due to a number of serious threats. By keeping a hive you are not only assisting the surrounding ecosystem by adding invaluable vectors of pollination; you are also helping to maintain healthy numbers of bees.

Remember that bees produce honey as a source of stored carbohydrates to tide them over winter and periods of drought. However, we are able to harvest some of this precious resource, and as a reward for hosting the hive, you will be gifted with six kilograms of honey every year.
When you host a hive, all the hard work is removed, as we ensure the colony is properly looked after. This includes 3 inspections per year to check health of brood for disease, treat for pests and to reduce the chance of swarming. Inspections are scheduled in advance. The first being in early spring to check the health of the hive post winter. The second in the middle of summer to ensure the health of the hive and to check on honey production and the third towards the end of autumn to ensure the hive is packed down for winter. Records are kept of all inspections to comply with the Biosecurity Code of Practice. You’re also most welcome to join us on regular inspections to see what goes on inside the hive.
So if you would like to assist the local environment and are interested in hosting a hive, send us an email including your location and any questions you may have. We will provide you with free additional information.

Contact us now if you would like to talk further about any of the above options.

Our email is surfcoasthoney@outlook.com