Treatment-free, respecting the form and rhythm of the Bee
This website is about natural beekeeping, primarily in the south of England. It is part of a journey that I started in 2007 with the aim of understanding the subtle art of bee-centred beekeeping.
I first kept bees in 1970 as a teenager, after discovering a beekeeping book of my grandfather one wet afternoon. The bits of decaying paraphernalia that lay at the back of one of the farm sheds suddenly began to make sense. In those days, beekeeping was a simple craft, not the intensive, heavily managed, production-driven affair it has become today.
If we are to help the honeybee out of its current precarious state we must move away from treating it as a commodity to be exploited for commercial gain. Instead we need to grow our understanding of the depths and complexities of the bee and its behaviour, seeing it in its true context as a vital keystone of life on earth.
My own hives are entirely treatment free and cared for according to the natural life cycle of the bee.
I am also a trustee of The Natural Beekeeping Trust.
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Picture credit: Steve Mitchell