The Code requires beekeepers to:
manage colonies to prevent or minimise swarming
capture swarms that have left a colony they own
provide water on the property where the bees are located if they don’t have access to water
The above i am doing or have done. I have 20m2 pond 10m from the bees.
maintain colonies located in urban areas with young docile queens
This i havent done, but i am getting rid of the hottest hive and the next to learn in beekeeping is re queening.
store used hive components not housing bees in such a way that bees cannot gain entry to it
prevent or minimise activities of robber bees
observe hive density limits for properties in urban areas
Everything is stored in my shed, nothing lying around. I can have 10 hives, currently have 7 and will reduce to 3 (maybe 4?)
ensure bee flight paths don’t interfere with neighbouring land
place hives greater than 3 metres from a property boundary fence. This does not apply if a bee proof barrier, not less than 2 metres high, is situated on the boundary fence line adjacent to the hives. a bee proof barrier is not required where the adjoining property to that fence is unimproved land.
I have the fence in question, 3m trees and then the hives. The hives would be 2m from fence. but the tree line is dense, no bees will fly through. The path of most of the bees is in the exact opposite direction from him so any bees in his yard are lost or getting water...heading over today so he can show me what he means.
I have been doing some hive removals from possum boxes into hives etc that gets a few bees flying...i will either do that in a different spot or not when they are home :)
EDIT: i went over and looked from his backyard...the bees do fly straight over my 3m trees, but then they fly straight down into his yard. they are getting quite a few, they have a small yard with no flowers (seriously, no flowers) and bees seem to fly down into their yard and then over the fence to neighbors, whose yard is quite similar to theirs. He does have quite a few bees, maybe not enough to be legitimately unhappy, but its not super warm here today either. He says they crank right up when it gets warm. I have asked him to let me know next time and i will check it out.
I will look for a better place in my yard...further from him and see how it goes.