I’ve had a search through the forums and online and not found a answer that really fits my question.
I have a property (Queensland, Australia) I’m looking at installing 1 or 2 hives on, it is 15 ha (37 acres) and 95% native remnant vegetation (lots of eucalyptus, melaleucas and grevillas), with about 140 square kilometers (54 square miles) of water catchment state land (the odd trail but mostly treed) bordering it. I’ve added a photo below showing the property, the white line is from front to back to give scale (800m/2500ft).
My question is; generally speaking, would this type/quantity of vegetation - remnant native forest, provide enough natural ‘food’ to easily support 1-2 hives without the need to supplement with additional plants or feed?
I’ve read lots of info about the need to add bee friendly plants etc and we’re currently planting a largish orchard and large vegetable garden, as well as native pasture paddock and fodder crops for our chickens and hope to have that all well underway in the next 6-12 months. However we would like to start with our bees sooner rather than later. What might be a positive sign, we have plenty of local native bees around!
Thanks in advance