@mattx What sort of size garden do I need to set up my own hive?
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Not where I live... I have 3 new bee-keepers set up in the last 12 months on my road and one existing bee keeper add 2 new hives! On a sunny day my back garden is like walking through the bee equivalent of the m25!
We have 4 hives at school, this is our 3rd year. Great fun when one swarmed on sports day last year!
Normally have a couple at home as well, but down to a small swarm I collected the other day from nearby.
Due to bad winters and non existent summer we still have had no honey.
I'm lucky as at the moment I keep 2 hives down the end of my mums garden [ these will soon be moved ] and I have 1 in a nature reserve where I used to work. There is possibly one more going there as I need to split one of my hives. Also there is a new school opening near me where my missus works and they have a nature reserve and have approached me to introduce some hives there too.
I fully agree with @mattx, also get on some starter courses before getting some bees.
I have a problem in my garden as the next door neighbours keep lighting small smokey fires to burn their cat sh*t, and I've got nearly an acre of land.
Well, after this weekend, and especially yesterday my bee related spirits are lifting. We have seen a very big increase in the amount of bees visiting our garden and especially in tree and buff tailed bees.
I have a sneaking suspicion that the late emerging queens offspring are only now emerging, which is a case of better late than never :)