ABOUT BEEKEEPING ADVICE FOR THE
Beekeeping brings together many aspects of BEGINNER
our lives; it brings us into contact with the
mystery and magic of an ancient traditional Find and join the local branch of your Area
Beekeeping Association. Your local library may
craft. It takes us into science and gives us an
have the address.
understanding of the complex chemical
balances which control life. It takes us into the DURING THE WINTER:
country side, open space or the garden where Go to lectures and meetings of your local
we become aware of the natural world around branch.
Attend any courses you can find.
Read, using the library of your association and
It is an interest which in time can develop into a your local library. We suggest two of the books
small business, or to the show bench exhibiting to read are "Guide to Bees and Honey" by Ted
the "best" jar of honey or piece of bees wax, or Hooper and "Beekeeping a Seasonal Guide" by
just hours of enjoyment in the summer Ron Brown.
sunshine. Take a beekeeping journal
Find a site for keeping your bees, your garden
Beekeeping is an activity which directly benefits may not be suitable.
the environment by pollinating wild and
IN THE SPRING and SUMMER
cultivated flowers and trees. Its contribution to
food production from pollination is measured in Buy, from a Beekeeper in your association if
you can, a 4 frame nucleus with a young queen.
£millions and it still produces tons of honey. Ask for bees that are quiet and easy to handle.
In recent years the European honey bee had With your nucleus you will gain, experience,
come under threat from various exotic pests. confidence and manual skills. You are unlikely
As a result wild bee colonies have died out. In to have swarming problems. Your bees will be
the UK honey bees can only survive with the on 10 or 11 frames by July.
intervention of beekeepers, whose actions are Feed your bees ready for winter.
WITH helping to prevent an ecological disaster - no
WEST NORFOLK & Make or buy two more hives.
Most towns or counties have Beekeeping
KINGS LYNN Associations. As can be seen from the West
IN THE FOLLOWING SPRING:
Increase your bees to two shocks by making an
Norfolk and King’s Lynn programme, meetings
BEEKEEPERS cover a range of subjects. They also provide a
Collect a Swarm.
ASSOCIATION forum where ideas are exchanged, where the
beginner can "pick the brains" of experienced By the end of the season you will have three good
beekeepers and get the encouragement and stocks, experience and a crop of honey.
support which we all need from time to time.
With Acknowledgment to RON BROWN of Devon