Our bees beeutiful
HE caused a buzz among the region's single women last year and soon he'll be extolling the virtues of a tiny Aussie battler to viewers in Japan.
William Archer, the native-bee keeper from Karangi, who was named the Coffs Coast Advocate's Colt of the Year at last November's Singles Ball, spent yesterday talking about bees to a Japanese television crew.
"They're doing a series on bees and honey around the world, and contacted me for a story about native stingless bees," William said.
"Apparently honey is serious business in Japan," he added.
It's been a big few years for the local bachelor.
After a story about his obsession with native bees appeared in the Coffs Coast Advocate, the ABC's Landline program filmed a segment about him which was seen by a Japanese TV producer.
"They were keen to find out more about our native bees, how the hives are structured and how I extract the honey," William said
"I also showed them how to split a hive from a log and how the native bees are being used by fruit and nut growers to pollinate their crops."
William's interest in bees began five years ago, but is no longer just a hobby.
"I'm getting lots of inquires from farmers about hives, and there would appear to be plenty of demand for the native honey, but I'm still trying to build up my stocks," he said.
"The future for my bees looks very bright, indeed!"