Up to 1200 beehives hit

SENSELESS ATTACK: Eurobodalla beekeeper Greg Roberts discovered two of his hives in Murramarang National Park had likely been poisoned.THE damage bill is rising for Eurobodalla’s honey-producers, with up to 1200 beehives now confirmed hits in what has all the hallmarks of industrial sabotage.The mass poisonings uncovered last week have targeted the hives of major players in the industry at 10 sites.Apiarists now fear that whoever is responsible will strike again and beekeepers are being urged to keep a close eye on their loads.Eurobodalla beekeeper Greg Roberts lost just two hives in Murramarang National Park, north of Batemans Bay, but his brother Pat lost 120 at a site on the same road.Mr Roberts fears the culprits oppose beekeepers being allowed to use leased sites for their hives in national parks and state forests. The hives are there to take advantage of flowering plants.Mr Roberts, a past president of the NSW Apiarists Association and former national chairman of the Australian Honey Bee Industry Council, said as many as eight large operators had been hit.“I can’t work it out. It’s as though ghosts have come out in the night,” he said. “They left no footprints, no car tracks, no nothing, but the attacks must have been well planned.”Mr Roberts said it would require more than one or two offenders to go around so many different sites.Although backpack chemical sprays or pumps had been discussed as the likely method to distribute the poison, Mr Roberts said aerosol sprays may have been used but this method would have required hundreds of cans.Greg Roberts said he did not believe other beekeepers were involved in the attacks.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.