Do I Want to be a Beekeeper?

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We’ve got some new house guests!  With most things at the moment I blame the builders next door.  I think they’ve disturbed some Bumblebees and they’ve now taken up residence in our nesting box, right outside our back door.  I must admit my original reaction was to seal it up and let them die a slow horrible death or relocate them to the bottom of the garden.

However, I’ve now learned (thanks to Twitter) that Bees in fact are protected and their decline is a worry to conservationists.  We need bees to pollinate flowers, fruit and vegetables.  No bees = no home-grown food.  Apparently, it’s a compliment and I must have a bee friendly garden.  Plus, these are bumblebees; they ‘do’ sting but are difficult to provoke and don’t swarm.

For the time being, I’m happy to leave them as they’ll die naturally in the autumn, Madame will love to watch them in the summer and I’m doing a small bit for the environment.

So, maybe I do want to be a Beekeeper…….


If you’re worried about bees I found the British Beekeepers Website Helpful