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Find a suitable site for your hive
A good site for your hive should ideally be sited away from direct approach from unsuspecting members of the public, likewise those with an inquisitive nature as well!
Some urban bee keepers have their hives sited in locked enclosures called apiaries, which is ideal in parks & other public open spaces, contact your local bee keeping association or council to see if such an enclosure exists in your area.
Urban areas are ideal, a hive tucked away in an unused corner of the garden, that gets early morning sunshine will soon be taking advantage of the diverse amount of plants and shrubs that us humans love to fill our gardens with. Please bear in mind that its our
native wild flowers that are important to the bees, cultivated plants contain little pollen and nectar, they look nice and are good food for slugs ans snails, but of no use to bees.
Honeybees will travel up to 3 miles to find a suitable foraging site, but you can help them and other pollinating insects by growing native wild flowers in your garden, or buying purchasing wild flower seeds and sprinkling them on a dis-used open space in your area, We also provide fresh water for our bees near the hives, the water is poured into bird baths that we have added gravel to, for the bees to climb over and drink from.
In Summary, you will need the following
- Read as many books about honeybees as possible, dont exclude any of the other species, bumble bees are also very important for pollination and they also need our help - Check out The Bumble bee Conservation Trust
- Join your local bee keeping club - We are compiling a national list, check back soon
- Honeybees - Usually come as a 5 frame nuc, ask about the bees temperament and foraging qualities, before you hand over any money
- Hive, We use Nationals but they also come as either WBC, or Langstroth standards
- Hive stand, buy one or make your own, there are plenty of plans out there, google it!
- Hive tool - And a few general wood-working tools will come in handy
- Extractor, uncapping tools, wax melters, honey filters
- Jars, labels & lids
- Mentor or friend for advice - Very important
- Somewhere to site your hives - Away from the public, in a warm quiet spot
Still reading? Good, that means your are serious about bee keeping and we haven't put you off! Some of the above items can be purchased cheaper through our Amazon powered online store or have a go and make something yourself, you never know it may turn out better than you think!
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