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Keeping bees can be a fascinating and fulfilling pastime and the Leicestershire and Rutland Bee Keeping Association can help with all the theoretical and practical training needed for aspiring bee keepers. There are very many reasons why people get involved in bee keeping, and the rewards are equally varied.
Bee keeping is a subtle mix of practical skills, experience, science and dark arts; it is enjoyed by men and women, young and old, from all walks of life.
Despite all this, it is not for everyone. Before rushing into acquiring bees of your own, you would be advised to consider carefully if bee keeping is really for you. Many of your questions may be answered in our FAQ:
Will I get lots of honey?
The amount of honey a hive produces depends on many things such as the weather and local geography. In a good year, a bee keeper may expect two harvests; one in late spring and a second in mid-
Can I make money selling honey?
Few people make money from bee keeping especially when the labour time of caring for the hives and extracting the honey is included. Any money made from honey sales will be offset by the financial outlay needed to start bee keeping. Honey does however make excellent gifts for family and friends!
Do I need lots of equipment?
You will need more hardware (hives etc.) than you might imagine, in order that you can perform essential bee keeping tasks. You will also need somewhere dry and vermin-
Can I make my own hives and equipment?
Most bee hive parts may be built from easily-
Do I need a licence to keep bees in Britain?
No licence or permit is needed to keep bees in Britain.
Do I need insurance to keep bees?
There is no legal requirement to take out any insurance related to beekeeping. However LRBKA subscription includes full third-
Can I keep my bees in my garden?
Not all places such as gardens are suitable for accommodating hives. There are many inter-
How much time do I need to keep bees?
Beekeeping is seasonal. Expect to be busy in May and June but there is virtually nothing to do in mid-
Is beekeeping hard work?
Beekeeping can be a very tranquil and restful hobby but there is also a good deal of hot sweaty toil and heavy lifting too! Extracting honey is often hard, sticky work.
Will I get stung?
It is more or less inevitable that at some point a bee keeper will get stung. Most people are not allergic to stings. If you have any concerns about a possible bee sting allergy then please consult your GP.
Can I learn beekeeping from books and the Internet?
Reading books and doing Internet research is very useful for building knowledge of bees and beekeeping but it is not an easy hobby to learn from scratch in this way. It is no substitute for time spent at the hive-
Can my children learn to keep bees?
Beekeeping can be a physically demanding hobby in terms of lifting heavy kit etc. However, there are few other restrictions on children taking up the craft and the LRBKA welcomes junior members all of whom are welcome to attend our events and join our courses with adult supervision.
What help is available once I have completed a beginner’s course?
The process of acquiring new bee-
Are there any other benefits to keeping bees apart from honey?
For many people, keeping bees opens up all sorts of new doors into hobbies that they may never have explored before such as: candle-
The purpose of these FAQs is not to discourage anyone from considering bee keeping, but to draw attention to the aspects of the hobby that an aspiring keeper may not have considered. Our advice would be to join a course if one is available, read up-
If you would like to become a bee keeper then please Join Us!
If you decide beekeeping is not for you, you haven't lost anything, you would be more knowledgeable about the topic and, we hope, an enthusiastic advocate for bees.
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