There’s a lot to be said for beekeeping, and, indeed, Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust beekeeper Hannah Reeve explained what she loves about it to Amanda Yorwerth on Environment Matters.
Even having kept bees since the age of 16, Hannah delights in the interesting behaviours of bees, learns more of their curious habits and loves the delicious and totally local honey that she harvests from them.
Yes, you will need a hive, equipment and protective clothing, but on the whole beekeeping is an inexpensive past time. It gets you out into the fresh air and ensures you spend more time observing the natural world. With appropriate safety arrangements bees can be kept in a big garden or allotment where they’ll help with pollination for you and your neighbours.
Whilst beekeeping is an ancient practice, early beekeepers did not need to know about the many pests and diseases that modern beekeepers need to look out for and treat, but you will learn all you need to know on a course and from local beekeepers.
As well as the HMWT courses Hannah talked about, the Hertfordshire Beekeepers Association are running bee keeping courses in the spring aimed at those looking to start beekeeping for the first time.
The courses cover theory and practice and take place over 4 sessions. They start from February so that those looking to start beekeeping can start up right away in April to June.
There are courses being run all over Hertfordshire, but the closest course to us will be based at the United Reformed Church, Watford Road, Chiswell Green, St.Albans, AL2 3HG – and as Hannah said, your local bee keeping association is the best place to start.
The Chiswell Green course Comprises 4 sessions: Thursday 1st, Friday 9th, Thursday 15th, and Thursday 22ndFebruary 2018 7.30 pm to 10.00 pm
If you’re interested in bees, you may like to know that the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust are holding A talk and photographic discovery…
You can savour the outstanding photographic skills of Andy Sands as he introduces us to rare, strange and vivdly colourful UK fungi plus the fascinating, rarely witnessed lives of bees, cuckoo bees and the parasitic wasp.
Tue, 23/01/2018 – 8:00pm – 9:30pm
Meet 8pm at Howlands Baptist Church, Welwyn Garden City, AL7 4RS.
No booking required.