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Bee-autiful Bees

Updated: Mar 11

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to take part in a day introductory beekeeping course. Inspired by the enormous bees I had seen on the Galapagos Islands and the health benefits of mother nature's larder. I was excited to find out more about bees and beekeeping.

Did you know there are between 10,000 - 70,000 swarms of bees in a hive? The noise of that many bees is incredible.

Female Carpenter Bee, The Galapagos Islands ©MDHarding

Bee-autiful Bees

One day Bee Keeping Course

The course took place at The Secret Herb Garden, Edinburgh, and gave both hands-on experience and classroom knowledge. The day was full of interesting and knowledgeable facts about how to go about setting up your own hive. All the equipment is provided including the fashionable bee-keeping suits. The location and facilities are very good and the onsite cafe serves the most delicious soups and cakes too! To find out more about the Edinburgh Bee Keeping Course and its availability please visit:

The Bee Keeping Class of 2016 ©MDHarding

What You Need To Know About Bees

Today we need bees to pollinate, they are an important part of our food chain. Did you know that around 70 UK crops either depend upon or benefit from bees?

You can help by planting bee-friendly plants such as lavender, geraniums, pansies, and much more.