Kevin grew up in western New South Wales, and has lived in Eulo since 1972. He is one of several beekeepers, or commercial apiarists, in the area. Kevin reflects extensively on the broader flora and fauna in the area, the impacts of chemicals, and the relationship between ecological balance and honey production.
Kevin talks about: plant species and their flowering cycles; dependence of plants on periodic flooding; role birds play in honey production (in pruning trees); challenge of finding areas free of agricultural chemicals and genetically modified crops; struggle to produce enough bees to pollinate fruit crops; impact of national parks on feral animal populations and bushfires; other threats to apiaries, such as pigs; camp sites and evidence of Aboriginal inhabitants.
Plant species mentioned: Napunyah, Bimble Box, Coolabah, Yarramothla, Lignum, Eucalypt, Black Box River Gum.
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