For the last few weeks, Thursday nights have been spent in beekeeping class as I learn the nuts and bolts of how to care for a hive, how to prevent swarming and how to keep pests that are destroying our bee population under control — all in preparation for taking on my own hive this spring or early summer.   If you’re like me, your first thought was probably, “you and how many other nutters are in this class?”

But here in the UK, beekeeping has taken off in the last few years as more and more regular, middle-of-the-road folks are stepping in to do what we can to save our bee population.  And it’s not just out here in the ‘burbs – city dwellers are keeping hives on roof-top gardens, as well. 

Today’s Telegraph had a fantastic article that seems to indicate that backyard beekeeping may just be saving the bee population.  It’s not going to happen overnight, but if we all do a little bit – even if it’s just planting bee-friendly flowers in our garden – we can help save this crucial link in the food chain. 

Honey bees - small but mighty!