Backyard Beekeeping Ballarat was established in 2015 by local Beekeepers Scott Denno and Amanda Collins. They manage both backyard beehives and a small number of migratory hives throughout Central Victoria. Scott and Amanda are both registered beekeepers, members of the Victoria Apiarists’ Association and foundation members of Ballarat Regional Beekeepers Inc.
Interested in hosting a hive in your backyard?
Scott and Amanda manage hives in central and suburban Ballarat. If you are interested in hosting a hive in your backyard, simply email or call and register your interest. Scott or Amanda will contact you to arrange a visit to your backyard to check its suitability for a hive. Your suitability for a hive will depend on:
- whether you have infants or young children who may wish to explore the hive;
- any history of anaphylaxis to bee or wasp stings;
- the activities that you usually undertake in your backyard;
- any pets that may come into contact with the hive;
- the hive entrance being able to face the morning sun; and
- safe access for us to be able to manage the hive.
None of these issues are insurmountable but require careful consideration by you and also by the beekeepers. Backyard Beekeeping Ballarat would advise against a beehive if you or any member of your family has a serious reaction to a wasp or bee sting. However, in other circumstances an alternative location may be able to be found away from inquisitive children or curious dogs!
The Accidental Beekeepers
Scott and Amanda became ‘accidental beekeepers’ when they were unexpectedly gifted a hive from a friend in 2013. This lonely hive sat in their back paddock among the sheep while they frantically researched about how to care for the colony. Since then they have both undertaken formal training in beekeeping and biosecurity and are qualified Emergency Beehive Surveillance Apiarists with the Victorian State Quarantine Response Team (SQRT).