Bees play a vital role in our lives as they pollinate the crops that form our food. It’s a fact that if our native bees were to die out the effect on crops and wild flowers would be utterly catastrophic and as a result we could lose up to a third of our diet. Yet, despite this, bees are in crisis. They’ve lost much of their natural habitat in the past 60 years and are under assault from pesticides and intensive farming.
Beekeeping was first practised in ancient Egypt as early as 2500 BC and today there are over 40,000 amateur beekeepers in the UK, all playing an active and important role in saving the honeybee from further decline.
In this wide-ranging discussion, The Wiltshire Beekeeper, Fred Smith, will talk about practical beekeeping, including fascinating facts about the honey bee’s sophisticated communication systems, why bees swarm and how the colony survives winter. Come and learn about the many products that Fred produces from the honey, including beeswax and honey hand cream with lavender, honey fudge, beeswax candles and Belgian chocolate cups filled with honey ganache!
Find out when you can meet the jolly beekeeper by checking out our Show Timetable