Research Apiary

What is the Wheen Bee Foundation Research Apiary?

The Wheen Bee Foundation Research Apiary is located at North Richmond in the Hawkesbury region of New South Wales on the property that was once the home of the Foundation’s benefactor, Gretchen Wheen.

The Research Apiary is a fully funded resource available to researchers and organisations to study pests, diseases and other issues that affect bees. The findings improve our scientific understanding of bees and help tailor best practice management strategies to improve bee health and welfare.  

The Research Apiary has 20 hives and allows researchers to test various management interventions in a practical field environment, under controlled conditions. In 2022, the research Apiary was used by the University of Sydney who provided funding to equip fourteen of the hives with monitors.