Since moving my beekeeping hobby to Canberra I have been disappointed with the availability of bee disease information in the region. Tracking the location, frequency and impact of outbreaks of bee diseases is something I have been talking about over the last couple of years.
Soon after raising the issue I started discussing it with @BBH (Eric) and we both started to develop a way with dealing with the issue.
This week I have finally put my money (time) where my mouth is. A process of disease data collection was developed… with addition to the cleanup of AFB affected sites by @BBH, which then lead to a dataset that I could use to construct a notification page. It was with this initial information that the page was constructed and the backend system was developed.
You can view the page now from a link on the main https://www.canberrabees.com landing page.
The primary direct link to the page is:
I have also created some ‘shortcut’ links
The page is very basic at the moment, but a lot of work has gone on behind the scenes to make it scalable and maintainable.
The next step is to include notifications, but in the meantime we will be posting all identified cases in the American Foul Brood forum thread here (so please ‘watch’ this thread if you are a beekeeper in the region)
We will also be writing up a ‘what to do’ page to assist beekeepers when they believe their hive isn’t healthy.
All feedback appreciated… this is a work in progress to assist you… the beekeeper!
Time for some sleep!