Kangaroo Island is a Ligurian Bee Sanctuary
In 1884 Ligurian Bees were introduced to Kangaroo Island. Thanks to the government passing legislation to proclaim Kangaroo Island a Ligurian Bee Sanctuary in 1885, we have the most pure strain of Ligurian Bees left in the world.
Throughout the world there are many diseases and bee parasites putting apiaries at serious risk by destroying their hives. Due to our isolation, our bees to date are relatively disease free. There are very few disease free places left in the world, so it's very important that we protect Kangaroo Island's Pure Ligurian bees.
It is one of the few places left in the world where healthy queen bees can be bred and exported to countries around the world to help maintain their hives. Ligurian Bees are renowned for their gentle nature and productivity. These characteristics, and the purity of the strain, make them a valuable genetic pool for breeding purposes. Mated queen bees are regularly exported interstate and overseas.
Without honey bees many food crops will fail, having a disastrous effect on our food chain. If we don't protect our bees and they become extinct the world will starve.
Please help protect Kangaroo Island's Ligurian bees by observing the restriction of not bringing any honey products or items that have been in contact with honey production to the island such as: honey, pollen, beeswax, beehives, used beekeeping equipment, or other bee and beehive products, as they are restricted from entering Kangaroo Island and you will be given a hefty fine if caught doing so. If you are on the island and in possession of anything that may be restricted take it to the Department of Primary Industries in Kingscote.
PENALTIES UP TO $10,000 AS PER 1997 SA LIVESTOCK ACT.
PLEASE PROTECT OUR BEES
We have Organic Certification through (NASAA) National Association for Sustainable Agriculture Australia and we extract around 26 tons of honey a year under their stringent guidelines. All of our honey sites are approved by NASAA, keeping a 5km radius away (remembering bees only travel 2km) from any agricultural or suburban areas which may have dangerous substances or crops. Strict maintenance guidelines are adhered to and stringent records are kept of hive locations, extraction, storage and sales so all honey produced can be traced through each step of production.