The problem of bee decline.
Since the late 1990s beekeepers around the world have observed the mysterious and sudden disappearance of bees, and report unusually high rates of decline in honeybee colonies.
Bees make more than honey – they are key to food production because they pollinate crops.
Bumblebees, other wild bees, and insects like butterflies, wasps, and flies all provide valuable pollination services. A third of the food that we eat depends on pollinating insects: vegetables like courgettes, fruits like apples, nuts like almonds, spices like coriander, herbs like parsley and thyme and many more.
In Europe alone the growth of over 4,000 types of vegetables depends on the essential work of pollinators, however currently more and more bees are dying. The bee decline affects mankind too.
Quite simply: Our lives depend on their survival
Come to our one day workshop and learn about bee-keeping, collecting honey, looking after your hive and managing the swarm – it’s a hive of activity!
Stuart Gould is an experienced beekeeper. He holds informative one day workshops in a small group at Huntstile Farm, to set you off on the right path, with lots of information.
Quantock Bee Keepers Association have a wealth of knowledge that they are happy to impart to you – they run practical courses for beginners and intermediates with demonstrations about building hives, swarm management, pests and diseases etc.