The relationship of humans 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.
NBKA was formed in 1923. Its aims then, as now, were to help beekeepers in Norfolk by providing talks on beekeeping subjects and to encourage and support new beekeepers.
Throughout the year the Association has a number of events which cover topical beekeeping subjects and, in the summer months, there are practical demonstrations at members apiaries. These meetings provide members with the opportunity to meet with other beekeepers and exchange ideas. The association publishes a newsletter on a regular basis containing information about the association’s events and items of topical interest, and also publishes a yearbook containing articles and information relating to the association.