The Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders Association (BIBBA) organised a big conference on at the Eden Project in Cornwall last weekend – Sustainable Beekeeping: A future without imports. It was all about the benefits of keeping our native/near native honey bees, i.e. UK populations of dark European honey bees, the sub-species Apis mellifera mellifera.
I didn’t go to the conference, but I did get to see some dark bees during an apiary visit to the National Trust’s Godolp…
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Beekeeping can be a full time profession or a simple hobby. Yet, more often than not, what began as a hobby would turn into a profession. But you cannot just decide and tell yourself you will begin to do beekeeping. Before beginning on any hobby or profession, you need to have understanding and adequate knowledge on the subject that you’re going to enter. Then it’s about time to indulge yourself in your line of interest, if you really have been putting off your curiosity about beekeeping for quite a long time. Bee farming may not appear difficult; by learning the fundamental beekeeping lessons, you can be got away to a great beginning.
What does a beekeeper have to know?
On beekeeping to start at the right foot you should have complete interest. You should have also agreed to share your house space. There are possible dangers in beekeeping that can harm not only you but your family also. Then you must know the supplies and equipment you will use for beekeeping if you decide to allow the bees inside your living space. Your focus is not only to earn money by selling honey; a good beekeeper should have a keen interest and fire in rearing bees.
An apiarist should know the right place for the beehives. If you decide to set your beehives you need certainly to make sure that beekeeping is allowed in your area. There are several areas restricted to beekeeping; you should get permission about this.
Beekeepers must understand whether beekeeping supplies are available in the place where the beehives are situated. You may never know when you should attend an area beekeeping store; it’s best that a nearby beekeeping store is reachable.
Protective tools and equipment are also very important to beekeepers to understand. Beekeepers are prone to bee stings; the correct outfit must be worn during beekeeping sessions. Understand the right kind of suit to select to keep you from any possible danger in beekeeping.
All the beekeeping attempts would be useless in case you are unable to harvest honey. A beekeeper ought to know the procedures in collecting the honey in the comb; beeswax is also part of the yields in beekeeping.