The Waveney Beekeepers Group was formed in 1987 by Michael Venn and an enthusiastic band of beekeepers who were determined to keep the art of beekeeping alive, and reaping the rewards of an end product that was delicious and sweet - HONEY!
Without the help of beekeepers there would be few honey bees in the countryside as disease, parasites and viruses have killed most of the feral (wild) honey bee colonies.
Bees collect nectar and pollen for food and in doing so pollinate millions of flowers increasing the fruit and seed yield. A colony of bees consist of one queen (who lays the eggs), a few hundred drones ( who are male and cannot sting) and many thousands of workers ) who are female, collect the nectar and pollen and can sting). A worker bee lives for only six weeks in summer but during a nectar flow is able to collect a surplus to turn into honey for the winter stores that keeps them alive inside the hive during the cold weather.
It is this that the beekeeper is able to take from the hives but in return has to feed the bees with a sugar syrup solution to last them through the winter months or they would starve.
The healing properties of honey are well known and pollen in honey will enhance the nutritional value and will often give relief to hay fever sufferers. Good beekeepers will not overheat and filter the pollen grains out of the honey.
Waveney Beekeepers Group, who are affiliated to the Suffolk Beekeepers Association, hold regular meetings throughout the year to exchange views on all aspects of this fascinating insect, with guest speakers and other activities. There is always something new to see and learn.
All are welcome to attend, beekeepers or not, and if you would like to learn more about this wonderful hobby, and find out if you are able to keep bees in the garden, please come and join us.
There are courses during the Spring and Summer for the "Beginner Beekeeper" which explain the ins and outs of the hive and the bees that live inside. These cost very little, just to cover the cost of the hall and the printed material and finish with a look into the hive to see what all the thousands of inmates get up to. Protective clothing is always provided.