The relationship of man with bees is an ancient one. Early beekeepers were honey hunters. Later, techniques were developed which enabled people to manage them in some way. The craft of beekeeping centres around the honeybee, Apis mellifera, and the early interests were clearly to do with honey both as a sweetener and for its medicinal uses. Today there is some interest in its use for medicinal purposes but the primary interest is that of honey production and pollination. Many fruit and seed crops rely on insects to transport pollen from one flower to another to assist in pollination. However, it is not only these managed crops but also plants in the wild environment where bees are of benefit.

Today beekeeping is a diverse activity with both men and woman interested in working with and understanding a fascinating animal that can provide many rewards for little time and money. These may cover honey production, the sale of which could help pay for your interest, studying the natural history, photography, making of the equipment and the showing of honey.

To learn more, please come to one of our introductory courses.

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WILD ABOUT THE WENSUM

Wild about the Wensum This annual event at Pensthorpe Conservation Trust was held on Saturday 12th May 2018. The glorious morning weather attracted many visitors to enjoy the wildlife in the extensive grounds and also Read more…

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Testing for nosema

Of particular interest at this time of year is why some colonies are slow to build up, and an infection of nosema can be a cause. With a view to mapping the presence of nosema Read more…

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Spring Fling 2018

On the 10th of April 2018, thousands of youngsters visited the annual Spring Fling held on the Royal Norfolk Showground. Although it was a cold misty day, it did not deter the chidren from taking Read more…