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Gardners Cottage

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Bee hive - Getting started
« on: May 16, 2020, 01:23:19 am »
Hi all,

I am in a nice Victorian wall Garden, with a lot of fruit trees planted (Apples, pears, cherries, plumbs, berries of all kind and a lot of flowers), in the central belt of Scotland. Although I have not experience a major pollination issue in my garden as all the produce generally thrive thanks to the wildlife ( wasps, bees, birds  etc), also thanks to the nice weather apart icy wind (that hammered lots of things early in May). I wold like to establish a bees hive. This is mainly for honey production, wildlife preservation and general interest.

Could anyone share suggestions on websites active (got in touch with many with poor response) for training, equipement purchase, social (distancing). If you are local on ML2 area give me a shout! it will only cost you a training + 2 jars of honey, lol! I will buy back experience & equipment.

Apart this, if anyone has valuable reading, reference suppliers and general suggestions, please get in touch!

Voss Electric Fence


  • Joined Nov 2011
Re: Bee hive - Getting started
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2020, 08:41:53 am »
Best to start with the your local group, they'll know if there's any bee keepers in your area who can help you out.Also look up some of the area group websites. There's lots of info on them to help you start.


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Re: Bee hive - Getting started
« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2020, 09:25:52 pm »
I second what Dogwalker says. Approach your local association and you should be able to get a mentor nearby. There are some terrific websites out there, but there's nothing like help in person when you're starting out - opening a hive and going through the frames and all those bees can be a bit overwhelming at first.


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