Having decided I wanted to get some bees it was a couple of years before I was in a position to make it a reality. I started by taking a bit more interest in where I’d get them from, what equipment was needed and were there any clubs or societies I could join. There is so much information out there and sometimes you get conflicting messages, it’s hard to know what is true and accurate.
However, I went to the Cotswold show in 2016 and luckily the Cirencester & District Beekepers club had a stand there and were talking to people about their ‘hobby’. I call it a hobby but it’s a serious business as it’s animal husbandry and you have a duty to look after the bees – much the same as looking after a family pet or farmers looking after their livestock.
What struck me about the people from the Cirencester club was how enthusiastic and knowledgeable they were about their hobby. Some of them hadn’t been beekeeping for long while others were old hands, but they were all willing to share their experiences with everyone who was interested in finding out more. From that point I was hooked and knew I had to make it happen.