What does a beekeeper do?Beekeepers manage colonies of honey bees in hives or apiaries. You’ll harvest bee products such as honey, beeswax and royal jelly. You’ll be working primarily outside, and beekeeping is a seasonal job. During the spring, summer and early autumn you will be much busier than the winter months. You’ll usually be self-employed or working for a small business as a beekeeper.
What do I need to do to become a beekeeper?
There is no set route to become a beekeeper. Many beekeepers start out by keeping a small colony of bees as a hobby. You do not need specific qualifications to become a beekeeper, however lots of new beekeepers choose to join a local branch of the British Beekeeping Association (BBKA). As a member, you'll receive advice and guidance on starting out from experienced beekeepers.
- Membership of the BBKA