Drawings found in Spain that are believed to be around 7,000 years old, appear to indicate a form of beekeeping. That's an impressive history that deserves protecting.
What we do - BeeBristol own and manage a number of hives across the city. Currently, we use these hives to provide a safe home to bees where no chemicals are used. When we extract honey, we leave more than enough for the bees themselves. In the future, these hives will be used for educational purposes and teaching to help pass on the ancient knowledge of beekeeping. However at the moment, we are concentrating on creating forage and raising awareness of the importance of bees and all pollinators through our projects and conservation.
We bring live bees to events in order to engage with the public and showcase just how mesmerising, sophisticated and fascinating these intelligent creatures are.
Thinking of becoming a beekeeper? Urban beekeeping is on the rise. Bees do well in urban areas due to the variety of plants in the city’s parks, gardens, railway sidings and tree-lined roads. Although it does take a bit of patience, if you are committed and responsible, the rewards are sweet.
The future of beekeeping - Part of this project is to encourage an interest in urban bee keeping in young people. We need to establish the next generation of sustainable beekeepers to insure there are enough skilled and educated beekeepers in the future. A great way to do this is to try beekeeping as a family, working together as a team, children and adults, to overcome the obstacles bees can throw at you. By doing this together you'll be able to teach each other about the importance of bees, pollinators and all nature in the process.
Information and links - The first steps to becoming a beekeeper are to talk to other beekeepers, join your local beekeeping groups, associations and clubs and read up on-line about what it takes. BeeBristol recommends getting in touch with Bee The Change or The British Beekeeping Association for more information on becoming a beekeeper.
Before you start a hive, make sure there's enough food! In order to help rather than hinder bees and other pollinating insects, when we look to set up a new hive, BeeBristol always makes sure there is enough forage (food) in the area to support the new colony.
This sometimes means providing forage rich in nectar and pollen, like wildflower, trees, shrubs and allowing the environment to establish before we install or encourage a new hive.
Any strain on a population is un-healthy and by introducing lots of bees to an area that cannot provide enough food, bees and other pollinating insects in that area will struggle to thrive.
You should always check with your local beekeeping organisation that your location is suitable for a new colony of bees.