Have you always wanted to become a beekeeper but didn't know where to start? Maybe you are just curious to see if it's right for you. Well here we've put together some thoughts and links to help you decide.
Firstly, have you the right space to keep them? Click the BeeBase advice for details. Sometimes there are people who might be happy for you to keep hives on their land. There are basic costs to consider so it's worth looking at stockists websites, at the bottom of the BeeBase 'Advice to Beginners' page, to see average expenses for equipment and hive parts. Some have 'starter kits'.
Can I Visit an Apiary?
Before looking at expenses however, it's always worth checking to see if you're happy with handling bees. This can be done by finding a local friendly beekeeper. Here in the Kendal Area contact us or find a local beekeeping association or club near youand see if they have someone to show you their apiary. Many are happy to.
Can Someone Help?
The next step is usually to attend a course in your area via the British Beekeepers Association link above or by talking to BeeEd our local Beekeeping course provider here in the South Lakes area. It's probably then best to get support from fellow beekeepers in you area by joining a local club or association.
How Much Time Does It Take Up?
Beekeeping is very seasonal. In the Winter there is very little to do, mainly preparation, repairing kit and frames, however in the Summer it can be very busy, if you keep good bees, up to three or four hours a week inspecting for health and swarm signs. Also the process of honey and wax making is quite time consuming too.