Beekeeping is – as the strapline to this site states – so much more than honey.
If you want to keep bees because …
- you like honey – you’d be better off in every regard (time, money, health) just buying it. Not from the supermarket. Buy directly from a local beekeeper – it will be better honey.
- you want to improve pollination and help the environment – you’d be better off making homes for solitary bees, as they’re more efficient pollinators.
- you’ve been told that “bees are threatened” – do some more homework on hive numbers and why they’re threatened … then, and only then, get some training and some bees.
Beekeeping, done well, is a fabulous example of working with nature and the environment. It’s a fascinating hobby 1. Every year brings new experiences and things to learn.
However, as a beekeeper you’re working with the environment and influencing the environment. Done badly, beekeeping can be detrimental, to your own bees, your neighbour’s bees and to the environment.
I think this component of beekeeping is under-emphasised when we train new beekeepers. I’ve grouped together a range of loosely-related posts under the heading of ‘the principles of beekeeping’. These tend to be longer articles, sometimes more discursive and often elaborating a personal opinion, which may be more or less controversial. Also listed are a few other posts that don’t fit easily within the pages on the practice of beekeeping, the problems encountered or the equipment used.
- Principles and practice November, 2017
- Honey and hay fever July, 2017
- Apistan redux† March, 2017
- Apistan resistance March, 2017
- Wake up and smell the coffee March, 2015
- Supply and demand December, 2014
- Time to ban bee imports? November, 2014
- Google maps and apiary security October, 2014
- It’s a backbreaking and economically-borderline business. This site is firmly focussed on hobby beekeepers with 1-20 colonies (though preferably at least two).