Louth District Beekeepers
Our aim is simple, to encourage the good husbandry of bees – everyone is welcome, young or old, novice or expert. If you have an interest in beekeeping then please come along and learn from the collective experience of our membership. If you are an experienced keeper then you might like to help out with our Education Programme.
If your wish to join us our membership form can be found on the “Downloads” page.
Bees and man go back to the dawn of time and it is difficult to imagine how the process of pollination could happen without them. We are far more dependant on them than most people realise.
Of course honey bees have been around much longer than us, some 30 million years, give or take a week or two. It is the only insect that produces food that is eaten by man. They are incredibly hard working creatures, it takes about 550 workers to gather nectar for 0.5kg of honey from 2 million flowers.
Each honey bee only produces a fraction of a teaspoon of honey in its short lifespan, approx. six weeks in the summer, they literally wear themselves out foraging. They will visit 50 to 100 flowers on a single trip and communicate the location of good nectar sources to their colleagues by a series of dances.