- Beekeepers and residents frustrated after council poisons up to 50,000 bees
- By Edwina Seselja
- Contributed by: Andy ( 10 articles in 2018 )
The hive was sprayed with poison, killing approximately 50,000 bees.
Residents and beekeeping authorities are frustrated after a local council sprayed an urban nest with poison, killing tens of thousands of bees, in the Sydney suburb of Paddington.
"There's plenty of people who remove beehives so I'm not sure why the council felt the need to spray it," he said.
Mr Purdie said local beekeeping authorities will often remove nests and relocate them for free.
"It's just frustrating that they chose to poison it instead." he said.
He said nests are usually removed if they are situated in problematic areas, such as near preschools.
However, Mr Purdie said poisoning a nest should be a last resort if it cannot be relocated.
The nest was situated on Glen Street, along a walkway near residential properties.
Local resident Heather Simington was shocked to find thousands of dead bees beneath the nest and across the road.
"I couldn't believe it. I was speechless," Ms Simington said.
"The coverage was probably a metre long and half a metre wide and 3 centimetres deep. And that's just counting the ones under the tree."
A spokesperson from Woollahra Municipal Council said they called pest control after a resident complained about the nest.
"We had a request to attend the hive from residents who were concerned about the bees," the spokesperson said.
The spokesperson said they had tried to call a beekeeper initially but did not hear back [BS] and instead called pest control.
The council approved the spraying of the nest based on the recommendation of pest control.
The spokesperson said the council was focused on minimising harm and responding the residents requests.
"Pest control would have done an assessment on the best way to handle the situation," they said.
Ms Simington said residents are angry at the council for its handling of the nest's removal.
"It was a beautiful healthy hive," she said.
"There was no danger. The bees were used to animals and people.
"Lots of people were enjoying watching it grow."
Should you be concerned about urban nests?
"Some people are concerned bees are unsafe but like any insects, if you respect them they'll respect you," Mr Purdie said.
"Bees are very important and the community are very aware of how important bees are to the food chain.
"If you come across a swarm of a hive, contact your local beekeeping association and they'll be able to tell you whether they can take the bees away."