Why Keep Bees?

Why Beekeeping? It is unlikely that any two beekeepers will give the same answer to this question. “Keeping bees, when properly done, can be a unique and highly rewarding pastime. Not only can beekeeping be entertaining and educational, when done on the correct scale it is also often a profitable hobby. Not only will your bees create honey and other products for you to harvest, but if you garden your fruit and vegetable harvest will also flourish.” WikiBooks - Beekeeping

Beekeeping, despite the many misconceptions, is a safe and easy hobby to start. It is a good hobby to start with family or friends. The majority ofbeekeepers are amateurs. They find the bee's ability to organise themselves fascinating. Just observing the bees going out and coming back with pollen, nectar and propolis is mesmerising in itself.

Of course honey is another great benefit of bee-keeping. Many beekeepers look forward to their honey harvest and subsequently using it for culinary purposes or profit.  It also has renowned health properties. Researchers are turning up more and more new evidence of honey's medical benefits in all directions. The benefits of honey don't just stop at satisfying the palate; honey also offers incredible antiseptic, antioxidant and cleansing properties for our body and health, hot beauty and skin care tips for ladies, and amazing healing properties as a head-to-toe remedy, from eye conjunctivitis to athlete foot.

Its powerful healing attributes have long been used thousands of years ago and known to promote healing for cuts, cure ailments and diseases, and correct health disorders for generations after generations.

The environment
Perhaps the most compelling reason to keep bees is their current plight regarding reduced numbers and disappearances. If we can encourage bees to healthily increase their populations, we will all benefit.
In addition to producing honey, bees are responsible for the pollination of many crops. 

Albert Einstein said that "If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.". 

Bees are a major pollinator of fruits, vegetables and flowers - those with an interest in horticulture and agriculture will certainly appreciate the contribution these tiny creatures make.  To help save the bee why not keep some?  Honey bees can be kept almost anywhere there are flowering plants that produce nectar and pollen.

If that isn't enough, have a look at these 10 amazing facts about bees from the BBC