Join your local beekeeping association
Joining your local beekeeping association has many benefits. All associations have a website and newsletters, summer seasonal meet-ups and events, and winter meetings. They offer advice and training for your first year of beekeeping, and ongoing expertise, experience and support. Some will have their own apiary and can supply members with equipment and bees. UK associations are usually joined to the British Beekeepers’ Association (BBKA) and will organise BBKA membership for you.
Don’t be a bad beekeeper!
Membership of a local association is advised in order to stay up-to-date with the latest developments in beekeeping and, most importantly, updated on disease and pest control methods. Beekeepers have the same responsibility to their bees as farmers do to livestock – they must ensure the health and wellbeing of their hives.
Bad beekeeping practices means sick bees and can cause bee diseases to spread – not good news for Miss A Mellifera!