BEE enthusiasts had a rare chance to get up close and personal with the critically important species during the weekend through unique experiences in central Ballarat.
Saturday's 'Open Hive' event gave those in attendance an opportunity to look behind the hive into the short life of bees, which spend most of their existence tending to the queen and preparing hives for the next generation.
On Sunday, participants were offered a chance to learn about keeping their own hives, teaching important foundational skills and knowledge required to keep the endangered species thriving.
The weekend's events were coordinated by Backyard Beekeeping Ballarat and local Beekeepers Scott Denno and Amanda Collins.
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