This web site tells the story of my beekeeping exploits, successes and failures, and maybe a few tips and info relating to beekeeping on a small scale, including the rearing of Queen bees.
I had been interested in beekeeping for many years but never got around to taking it up, until a few years ago, when a friend of mine encouraged me to look into it – and since then I have been given great help in this by East Dorset Beekeepers Association, in particular Mark White, who acted as my mentor. I also spent four days at Help for Heroes Recovery Centre Tedworth House , where I attended the first basic beekeeping course to be run by the charity.
The course tutor is a bee farmer from Hayling Island, running approximately 150 hives. The course was really enjoyable, and I met some good people on it. We were lucky enough to have a talk by Dr Ivor Davis, Master Beekeeper and past President of the British Beekeeping Association (BBKA). At the course, we were given the BBKA Beekeepers manual, donated by the BBKA which Ivor co-authored and kindly signed for us all.
I also attended training sessions run by East Dorset Beekeepers Association, led by Master Beekeeper, Lesley Gasson. The course was a series of evening classes, followed by practical sessions which were held at the Associations Apiary. Following these courses, I took the BBKA Basic Assessment exam, Which I passed with Credit.
I have decided to focus on Queen rearing from now on, and hope to be able to rear Queens suited to the local conditions here in Dorset, and be able offer Queens to members of my local association and other beekeepers.
I’m really grateful to those mentioned, and the wider Beekeeping community for all their help, and giving me the knowledge and practical ability getting me set up as a beekeeper.
I am what I would call a serious hobbyist beekeeper, I do not run a business from it, nor do I intend to.
I now have four out-apiaries (Sites with beehives) in the Lytchett Matravers, Lytchett Minster and Hamworthy/Upton areas in addition to the hives in my back garden.