The world’s last remaining pure strain of Ligurian honeybees is protected by the water gap that separates the island from the South Australian mainland and strict biosecurity rules keep it disease-free by preventing the importation of honey, beeswax and beekeeping equipment.
Licence to produce honey
Several of the Island’s honey producers have licences to place their beehives in KPT's plantation properties.
Island Beehive owner Peter Davis has been doing so for almost two decades, when some of the properties were still grazing land.
Davis said the hives in plantations were important.
“They give our bees access to native bushland and creek lines within and outside the plantations,” he said.
Honey from these hives is used to produce four of his five varieties – spring flora, stringybark, sugar gum and cup gum.
More than 7,000 hectares of KPT’s 25,000 hectares is remnant native vegetation, supporting not only honey production but also a number of important flora and fauna species and communities.