Site last updated 17th November 2019

FAQs

I have a nest of bees in my garden or house, what should I do?

The first thing you need to find out is what type of bees you have. Have a look at our SWARMS page which gives you all the information you need.

 

I have a wasps nest. How can I get rid of it ?

If you can leave it alone and it isn't causing a nusiance then please leave it alone. At the end of the season there is a good chance the nest will be vacated. Wasps do an important job in the garden, killing off the pests that eat our vegetables, If they are a problem then you will need to contact a local pest controller to come and destroy them. You can find them on the internet or in local directories and there is also one in the suppliers section on our LINKS page.

 

Why is local honey more expensive than supermarket honey ?

A lot of honey is imported from countries that are warmer and have a more consistent climate than ours. This often means that the honey yields are higher than we get in this country making the cost per jar cheaper. However, for imported honey, the nectar source is often from a single cultivated source which results in the honey having a milder flavour and lacking the variety flavours of honey produced locally. Additionally most of our beekeepers are hobbyists and they have to carry the costs of providing the equipment and maintaining the bees themselves. These factors result in local honey being a bit more expensive but we think you get a better product for it. Please help support our beekeepers because we all need them.

 

I want to become a beekeeper. How do I get started ?

We would strongly recommend that you contact your local beekeeping association who will provide you with all the advice and guidance you need to get started. Like many associations, SEHBKA runs an Introduction to Beekeeping Course which takes you through all the basics to get you up and running as well as giving you information about the best places to get your equipment and bees. Joining a local beekeeping association is also a good idea. Regular meetings allow you to keep in touch with other beekeepers who will usually help out when you get stuck  as the chances are they have already had to deal with situations that are new to you. If you would like any further information then please contact us via the General Enquiries section on our CONTACT page.