Bee Keeping

by Anne Myers-Wright RD/APD

Posted on Jan 28, 08:23 AM in . No comments.

This week, I went to a taster session on, wait for it……….Bee Keeping!
This was a free session held by the Wirral Bee Keeper’s Association and was a 2-hour information session to introduce the concept to interested members of the public.
The course was absolutely fascinating and the people speaking were very welcoming and extremely enthusiastic about all things Bees.#

Here are a few things I gathered from the session:

• People often get Honey Bees, Bumble Bees and Wasps mixed up. I was amazed when I saw British bees for the first time as they are so HUGE. Turns out these fellas are Bumble Bees and Honey Bees are much like the Aussie ones I am used to.
• Bees will only sting as a last resort as they die as a result. Wasps on the other hand can keep stinging and stinging. If you have had a sting in the past, it may actually have been a wasp.
• In the UK, around 70 crops are dependant on bee pollination contributing to our own food supply and feed for animals. It is estimated that the total value of crops pollinated by insects is £510m per year in the UK. In the USA, they actually shop colonies of Bees in to farms to help crop pollination.
• Bees can fly up to 5 miles each day. They have a short life span and each bee will probably produce about ½ tsp of honey in their lifetime. That’s something to think about when you spread your honey on your toast in the morning!

Ive signed up for the course so will let you know more, especially when we come to the honey and other products part!

Do you keep bees or know anyone who does? I’d love some tips.

Tags: Bee Keeping, Bees, Honey, Pollination

About the author

Anne Myers-Wright RD/APD

Anne is a Health Professions Council (HPC) registered dietitian (RD), an Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD- Australia), a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), a member of the British Dietetic Association, The Nutrition Society and of The Dietetics Association of Australia.

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