The police investigation into the death of millions of bees following the poisoning of more than 1200 beehives in forests around Batemans Bay is set to enter its second week.
No arrests have been made and police are remaining tight-lipped about the unusual crime, which has shocked beekeepers who had their hives in Eurobodalla’s state forests and national parks.
The deliberate sabotage targeted the larger beekeeping operators at various sites, with the hives deliberately poisoned and the honey rendered inedible through the use of the common insecticide Permethrin.
The keepers first discovered the mass chemical poisonings on Monday, June 18.
Sunshine Bay beekeepers Pat and Wendy Roberts, whose family sell Australian Rainforest Bush Honey, with their son Stephen have now completed the cleanup after the destruction of 240 hives.
Yesterday, Pat Roberts said he now believed the attack on the hives took place on Saturday, June 16, or late that evening.
Worried by the deadly attack and who could be responsible, Mr Roberts said he has been stopping drivers travelling along the remote bush tracks where his hives are set up to ask if they saw anything suspicious on that weekend.
Mr Roberts said the ongoing police investigation was likely to be a slow process.
Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.