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Welcome To the Wonderful World Of Bees

What's small and hairy, makes a buzzing sound and is one of the most important things on the planet? You will not be surprised to discover it is a little insect known as Apis Mellifera or more commonly the honeybee.

It's estimated that at any one time there are around 1 trillion bees in the world providing an almost indispensable service pollinating many of our crops. From clementines in California to cabbages in China - bees are essential to the production of over a third of the food we eat every day.

Pollination alone would be enough to give the bee a prize of ''Insect of the Year'' but of course that's not all bees do. For the beekeeper - in return for providing a safe, secure home the bee gives the generous gift of honey and wax.

In this fantastic guide to keeping bees you will learn about the bees, the role of the beekeeper, how the beehaus works and much more. We hope that it will inspire you to keep bees yourself.

You can also download a pdf copy of this Beekeeping Guide here. The PDF Beekeeping Guide is released under a Creative Commons License which means that you can print as many copies as you like and give them away to friends who might be interested in keeping bees. Full details of the license are on Page 1 of the Guide.

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Tracy, 15 May 2019

Thanks Charlie for getting back in touch. Really did appreciate the help. I will be getting in touch with the bbka .


Jacob, 14 April 2019

In a new published article for sientifics, beekeeping can cause a problem for the biodiversity. They checked a nature reserve on Tenerife before and when and after imkers were invited to bring in bee colonies. It shows that honeybees can cause a decline in wild species that normally pollinate the flowers. When you have specific species of flowers/trees it appeared that there was less pollination. So keep in mind that if you live near a nature reserve your bees can cause a diversity problem. Away from that;,, if you live near a LARGE heatherfield or a lot of orchards, oil seed rape fields etc. etc. Work and enjoy away. BEES ARE FUN TO WORK WITH. but be careful, they can sting if you need to check them. Make slow movements, use smoke but not to much (it can cause damage to the bees if you use to much smoke/just a few puffs are enough)


Shamim, 2 March 2019

Is beehaus available in Australia?


Cherry, 6 December 2017

Pictures 5 and 9 would make lovely wall art!


Stephen, 30 May 2013

Lovely picture of a solitary bee(4th photo) As well as twenty or so hives here with honey bees, I've seen thirty species of solitary bee in my garden. But the solitary bees wouldn't like the hive much.

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