06 Sep '11, 12pm

Everything you ever wanted to know about beekeeping:

Everything you ever wanted to know about beekeeping:

‘Without bees, there is no life,’ said Albert Einstein and the point is certainly a valid one. One in every three mouthfuls of the food that we eat has made it to our plate thanks to bees and their vital role as pollinators in our ecosystems. Despite this, bee populations have been in a state of steady decline over the last couple of decades, thanks to intensive farming, the destruction of wild flower meadows and pollution. Worse, in Britain, populations have been decimated thanks to the accidental introduction of the aptly named mite, varroa destructor, 20-years ago. Today the 20,000 people who keep their own bees are playing a vital role in maintaining the natural balance, as well as benefiting from a steady supply of lovely organic honey. Here’s how to get started. A is for Africanised Bees Colloquially known as ‘killer bees’, this aggressive breed is responsible for gi...

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