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In this section, we are compiling a list of the questions we are most frequently asked. If your question or answer is not here, drop us a line and we will answer the question.
FAQ's about Beekeeping
How much honey can you get from a hive?
What is "raw" honey?
"Raw" honey is the honey that a beekeeper produces. A beekeeper only filters honey to remove any large particles of wax or other unwanted debris that may be in the extracted honey. This is why raw honey from a beekeeper may look a little cloudy at times and will crystallise over time. Neither is raw honey pasteurised to kill of the good bacteria. Heating honey to such temperatures is a practice used for commercial honey production to help prevent the honey from crystallising on the supermarket shelf and keep it looking clear and bright. Commercial honey from a supermarket is devoid of all the benefits that honey gives us.
Is honey good for summer allergy sufferers?
Honey has health benefits for almost everyone except the very young. Whilst there is no medical evidence to support honey helping to alleviate summer allergies, those with such allergies will often swear by the relief that honey has given them. But not just any honey - this has to be "raw" honey from a local beekeeper as this honey will contain local pollens that give the honey its unique flavour and characteristics. Supermarket honey is devoid of pollen and other beneficial bacteria.
Does honey contain antioxidants?
Yes it does - and the darker the honey the higher the concentration of antioxidants. These are the good guys that help compat the "free radicals" we all have inside of us. The free radicals are largely responsible for diseases including atherosclerosis, cancer, inflammatory joint disease, asthma, diabetes, senile dementia and degenerative eye disease. They also effect the aging process and give us wrinkles as we get older. Antioxidants pair up with "free radicals" and help stop them doing nasty things to us.
Is honey good for your nerves?
Honey helps the brain produce more serotonin, the neurotransmitter that regulates your mood. As a result, honey helps relax your nerves.
Can honey cause anxiety?
Honey shouldn’t cause anxiety. If anything, it’s the opposite. Honey helps with the absorption of l-tryptophan in the brain, which leads to higher serotonin levels. As a result, honey can help reduce anxiety.
Is honey good for stress?
Honey is an excellent food choice for stress. It raises insulin levels which enables your brain to produce more of the feel-good neurotransmitters. And it helps you sleep too!
Is honey good for memory loss?
Honey can help against memory loss. It contains polyphenols which are natural antioxidants. They boost your brain blood flow, reduce cell death, and diminish inflammation.
Can I keep bees in my garden?
Where can I get a colony of bees from?
What is a "nuc" or a "nucleus colony"?
Nuc is simply our shortened version of the word "nucleus". A nuc colony is a small colony of bees in a special small box that can hold just 5 or 6 frames of bees. Nuc boxes are often used for starting up a new colony and for colonies that are too small to placed into a full hive.
Are there any specific laws about keeping bees?
The short answer is no, unless you're keeping bees on an allotment when a tenancy agreement may impose restrictions. Otherwise, the only applicable laws are "creating nuisance to neighbours" and "acting in breach of a general duty of care".
I have bees in my birdbox. Can you remove them?
Why should I join a Beekeeping Association?
Apart from providing Public Liability Insurance through the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA), local associations have much to offer to beekeepers and almost all of them provide some form of course for Beginners. All associations have their own association apiary at which practical sessions takes place. These sessions can be anything from "Master Classes" to "Taster Sessions". Associations often have a busy calendar of events during the year and also meet during the winter months when guest speakers are invited to give talks on relevant subjects. Associations are also an important source of help and advice from their experienced beekeepers. Some associations will appoint a mentor to a new beekeeper as your first source of help and guidance. The route to more advanced training and beekeeping qualifications is also through your local association.
How do I find my nearset Beekeeping Association?
How much does it cost to become a beekeeper?
A flat-pack hive will set you back around £150 and bees for the hive are about the same price. Then you need your bee suit, gloves, smoker and hive tool – that’s another £100'ish. Many suppliers offer deals on Starter Packs that are worth looking at. And of course, there is your subscription fee for joining an association – typically around £32 p.a.
Is beekeeping a suitable pastime for a woman?
Where can I learn about beekeeping?
How much time does beekeeping take up?
Do beekeepers remove swarms?
Yes - providing the swarm is of honeybees, is easily accessible and within a safe working height. However, if they are not honeybees or the insects are within the fabric of a building, beekeepers cannot usually help.
Do beekeepers charge to remove a swarm?
No not usually - this is a free service offered by beekeepers. But the beekeeper can ask for reasonable travel expenses to cover any of their "out of pocket" expenses. Check with your beekeeper when you make contact.
Can a junior join the association?
A junior under the age of 18 most certainly can join the association and we encourage this.
When does membership start?
You can become a member of our association at any time of your choosing.
What are the beneifts of being a member of your association?
We're often asked this question! The benefits are quite numerous so we've produced a simple document you can download to read.