Around the time of World War I our native bee populations were wiped out, the British Black Bee was decimated by a disease now known as Acerine. Post war, due to the importance of the honey bee in polination, bees were imported from mainland Europe. This obviously diluted the gene pool of our remaining Black Bee population to the point of extinction.
We now keep bees that have cross bred from many sources and colonies may show differing characteristics, even in the same apiary. However, if you keep a hive or more, there are tasks that need to be undertaken throughout the year. The information given here should not be considered as a tutorial but a guide as to what to expect should you wish to take up beekeeping; you will find no mention of Varroa either. Disease control is an important part of beekeeping and Varroa is the one that everybody has heard of but control is a subject that needs more than just a few notes here, don’t worry it’s not as bad as it sounds so don’t let it deter you from finding out more.
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