Bee keeping
What is it?     What you need     Getting started     Find out more


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What is it?

  • Traditional activities such as bee keeping come under our heading of home crafts.  Care of pets generally is included under hobbies.  

  • In addition to the care of the bees and their hives, bee keeping involves the processing of the honey combs into a variety of usable products, ranging from edible honey to wax.

  • Bee keeping provides the interest of understanding the behaviour of another species.  It is usually home based and has an element of money saving production or work in it.  

Find out more


British Bee-Keepers' Association   01203 696679



We have not managed to identify any magazines dealing specially with beekeeping.  The Association above may be able to help.

Getting started

  • Find a local bee keeping group or club (see organisations above).

  • See if there are introductory sessions or classes at your local club or adult education centre.

  • Consult books or magazines on the basics of bee keeping.

  • Check in your local library/paper or education centre for more information.

What you need

Skills and people
  • Bee keeping requires a degree of special knowledge and skills if it is to be performed correctly.  It can be dangerous in the hands of the unskilled, but people of all ages and both sexes can easily learn how to do it. 

  • Care of bees is generally done at or close to home, usually by an individual to whom the bees have become accustomed.  

  • Other people's help may be called for in major tasks like hive moving and honey processing.  

  • Many bee keepers belong to local groups or clubs to have access to the expertise of others  and to share experiences.  

Equipment or clothing
  • Bee keeping require various kinds of specialist equipment (hives etc) and other products.  

  • Bee keepers also need a range of protective clothing for when they handle the hives and bees.

A place or facilities
  • Keeping bees at home requires an adequate area of open ground that is sufficiently far away from other houses.  

  • Some people also take their hives out into the fields at key times.  

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