As farmers across NSW battle through a severe drought, beekeepers are also finding it difficult.
Georges Plains beekeeper George Hancock, who is also president of the Bathurst branch of the Amateur Beekeepers Association NSW, has 10 hives on his property, with roughly 20,000 bees in each hive.
He's able to provide for his bees with his own lavender farm.
But some beekeepers aren't as lucky, with some having to rely on their bees pollinating native species.
And with those species not flowering properly because of a lack of water, it affects the bees' quality of life.
"Bees are under stress because your native species are not flowering properly," he said.
"What happens there, the bees start to starve and the hives' numbers start to fall."
He said many beekeepers have been forced to use sugar syrups to keep their bees alive, however, the syrup does not produce quality honey.
"A lot of your commercial guys are having to feed their hives with sugar syrups," he said.
"The problem with the sugar syrups though is it isn't producing proper honey. It's more to keep the bees alive, keep them on life support until conditions improve."
He said beekeepers that live within Bathurst are more successful at the moment because their bees have access to more gardens and a wider variety of species to pollinate.
Busy as a bee
In the space of just 28 days, bees pupate, become a worker and die.
It may seem quite a short life, but when considering the work they do and their size, it's a busy 28 days of living.
"They start by working in the colony and the ones you see out foraging, they're on their last wings," Mr Hancock explained.
"When you look at the size of them and considering they forage out and back in a three kilometre radius, they use quite a lot of energy."
Throughout a bees entire lifetime, they make an equivalent to just one teaspoon.
"When you look at a jar of honey, there's a lot of bees that have gone into it," Mr Hancock said.
"Liquid honey is in the combs and when you produce your foundation hive, the bees start building on it. They cap and evaporate any extra moisture which can lead to fermentation, which can spoil the honey.
"The honey you see is what is in the comb. Australian honey is pure honey.
"You can also get a variety with different characteristics and different amber colours. Some candy pretty quickly. If you have canola and extract it, it candies very quickly."
Club welcomes new or interested beekeepers
The Bathurst branch of the Amateur Beekeepers Association NSW has been operating since 2013 and in the past six years, has grown from five members to 35.
Some of its previous members have since turned professional, with the club still working with amateur people who are long-time beekeepers, beginners or interested in getting into beekeeping.
The club has a training day coming up next month, running from September 21 to 22, which will serve as an introductory but thorough course in beekeeping.
The course will be presented by OAM Bruce White, who has spent over 40 years as the Apiary Officer with the Department of Primary Industry.
If you wish to attend, please contact Chris Keys at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on the Bathurst branch of the Amateur Beekeepers Association NSW, visit the Facebook page @BathurstBeekeepers.