Beekeepers care for and manage bee colonies, ensuring the well-being of the bees and harvesting honey and other hive products, contributing to pollination and the sustainability of bee populations.

Day-to-day Tasks

As a beekeeper, you'll:

  • build, inspect or repair hives
  • introduce a new colony or look after an existing one
  • check the health of your bees
  • treat your hive and bees to fight disease and pests
  • breed queen bees and set up smaller, starter colonies
  • collect honey from hives
  • prepare and bottle honey
  • market honey and products like beeswax
  • mentor or train new beekeepers

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • observation and recording skills
  • knowledge of biology
  • the ability to work on your own
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to operate and control equipment

Industry Qualifications

You can keep bees as a hobby and learn how to successfully set up and manage healthy colonies of honeybees.

You can also reach out to Isle of Man Beekeepers

You can also join a beekeeping group where you'll learn from experienced beekeepers, and work towards qualifications offered by The British Beekeepers Association.

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