Harvey Boughey shares his top tips for ‘bee’gining your own community of beekeepers in part two of a set of articles by The University of Sheffield Beekeeping Society.
Providing training for individuals interested in having an active society role in the next year is a great way to draw people in and future proof your society for years to come. Although you may already be a competent beekeeper you want your society to thrive after you’ve left, and many hands do make light work. We subsidise our training if they do it through the society and its provided by the Sheffield Beekeepers Association (SBKA)
Get happy bees:
Although this may sound trivial even if you’re confident around bees, as a keeper, nicer bees will always make your job easier. It’s also important to remember that a majority (if not all) new members will have never been around a beehive so having some placid easily manipulated bees could really help spark interest as oppose to putting people off.
Local beekeeping association- people are really helpful:
Your local beekeeping association is your most crucial ally, they will likely provide training, advice, resources and swarm removal if needed. At its heart, beekeeping is a very cooperative hobby so it’s almost certain that your local association would jump at the opportunity to help you.