Welcome to my collection of notes that help my day to day beekeeping activities, kept online so that I can access them on my mobile device whenever I need to refer to them (which is often!), and for convenience the pages are designed to adapt to whatever desktop or mobile device they are viewed on. The notes support regular honeybee management practices and keeps my beekeeping in good health. Whether an old hand or new to beekeeping I hope you'll find my support notes helpful in this format. There are pages on just about every aspect of keeping our native honeybees and of other related species, plus some interactive quizzes to keep the basic beekeeping knowledge sharp!
Eric McArthur ©
Beekeeping is a very rewarding activity, with little limitation on how involved you can get. It can be low key and as simple as a couple of hives in the garden, or if you're more adventurous five or six in an out apiary, and for the more serious dozens of hives in several apiaries. Then again you might like to delve deeper into the scientific side of things and become an expert. Whatever you become in beekeeping you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you are directly helping support nature and the environment as well! The world of beekeeping is a fascinating one, studying honeybees, their role in the environment, their social behaviour, and the workings of a beehive, it never fails to surprise! Interested to know more? want to give it a go? have a look at the Basics page, it will give you a good idea of what's involved and a how to get started.
Health and Safety, yours, your bees, and those affected by your beekeeping practices are your primary concern. There are many things to be considered to ensure safe practice in beekeeping. Use the Health and Safety page as a guide to maintaining good safety standards.
Beekeepers visiting a local apiary to share best practice.
Beekeepers rarely work alone, its always an advantage to have access to an expert, and an extra pair of hands or eyes, and it is the most effective way of gaining and sharing best practice. Membership of a local beekeeping association, community or club can have many benefits: beginners classes; examinations for beekeeping qualifications; expert advice and support on all aspects of bee-craft; exchange of ideas and experiences; keeping up to date with developments; and access to a network of beekeepers throughout your local area. Exchange of local beekeeping news and of colony productivity and health status is invaluable in keeping a successful apiary. Networking can and does save you a lot of time and wasted effort!
'My Beekeeping Kit' is a working collection of personal beekeeping notes and shares best beekeeping practice drawing on current procedure, legislation, expertise, industry support, and beekeepers best practice experiences. I'm no expert so suggestions, corrections and contributions for improving the notes are always welcome, please contact Iain at My Beekeeping Kit.