I love bees. They are fascinating, important and amazingly intelligent creatures. Beekeeping for us is quite a new hobby ( we started in 2014) & we have already learnt so much, not only about them, but about how they impact on our food production & how important they are to us.
Beekeeping is one of those things that seems like it might not be much bother apart from the odd collection of honey.
However, this really isn’t the case.
Bees are their own society- and have their own ways of doing things. And more often than not do the exact opposite of what the ‘books’ say they will. I’m hoping here to document some of our successes & dramas in having a few hives which we ‘help’ them to look after. And, to provide for myself a platform to rant & raise awareness of the plight of these plucky & industrious creatures.
When you start looking after a colony of bees, you soon start to realise that you are part of a much bigger plan. Their colony thrives and diminishes not only by your care, but the care of the surrounding environment. This goes double for native bees and other pollinators, who by default we help out by understanding more about our bee charges. If our bees are bothered or in trouble because of disease, crop spraying or other pesticide use, you can be absolutely sure that the native wild species are in even worse shape.
I really do believe that beekeeping is probably the most vegan thing I do. I love these creatures, keeping them safe, keeping them happy, keeping our neighbours informed about how their pesticide use effects them and therefore the rest of the local bug communities is not only satisfying, it directly helps the health of our surrounds. Which is surely the best thing I can do for our planet on a local scale.
I love bees. We need them, and they need us..