Why keep bees?
Bees perform a vital role in the pollination of fruit, vegetables and flowers. Looking after them will give you a greater understanding of the intricate system of plants and insects which exists all around us, and how that life is affected by the seasons, and by the changes that we make to our environment.
Beekeeping is a
sociable and rewarding hobby which can be enjoyed at various levels. Many
people have just a few hives in their garden or on a neighbour’s land, but
others go further and keep dozens of hives producing large amounts of honey.
What do I do next?
Beekeeping is a fascinating craft and WBKA actively encourage new beekeepers.
The essential first step for beginners is to join your local association. There you will find help and advice to get you set up. Almost all associations have their own apiary, where you will be able to see and understand how bees live, how they are looked after, and how to deal with things that can go wrong. There is no substitute for that practical experience, and of course you will also be able to get information and advice about keeping bees in your local area
Local associations include:
The work in your first year will depend on exactly when you get your bees and how prolific they are.