My Beekeeping Kit

Welcome to my collection of notes that help my day to day beekeeping activities, kept online so that I can access them on my mobile device whenever I need to refer to them (which is often!), and for convenience the pages are designed to adapt to whatever desktop or mobile device they are viewed on. The notes support regular honeybee management practices and keeps my beekeeping in good health. Whether an old hand or new to beekeeping I hope you'll find the notes helpful. There are pages on just about every aspect of keeping our native honeybees and of other related species, plus some interactive quizzes to help keep your beekeeping knowledge sharp, and a search facility to look for specifics in the notes.

Links and references to legislation and regulations are generally to Scottish Government Legislation however there are similar regulations in place for other areas of the UK available by web search.

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Eric McArthur ©

New to Beekeeping?

Beekeeping is a very rewarding activity, with little limitation on how involved you can get! It can be low key and as simple as a couple of hives in the garden, to five or six in an out apiary, or for the more serious with dozens of hives in several apiaries, or you might like to delve deeper into the scientific side of things and become a specialist. Whatever you become in beekeeping you will have the satisfaction of knowing that you are directly helping support nature and the environment. The world of beekeeping is a fascinating one, studying honeybees, their role in the environment, their social behaviour, and the workings of a beehive, it never fails to surprise! If you are Interested to know more or want to give it a go have a look at the Basics page, it will give you a good idea of what's involved and a how to start beekeeping but please don't get bees until you are sufficiently trained and competent enough to look after their health and welfare properly.

Health and Safety

Health and Safety, yours, your bees, and those affected by your beekeeping practices, are your primary concern. There are many things to be considered to ensure safe practice in beekeeping, most of it is common sense and developing good habits. Use the Health and Safety page as a guide to maintaining good safety standards.


Beekeepers visiting a local apiary to share best practice.

Beekeepers rarely work alone, its always an advantage to have access to another's experience, an expert opinion, an extra pair of hands or eyes, and it is the most effective way of sharing best practice. Membership of a local beekeeping association, community, club or group can have many benefits: beginners classes; examination for beekeeping qualifications; expert advice and support on all aspects of bee-craft; exchange of ideas and experiences; keeping up to date with developments; and access to a network of beekeepers throughout your local area. Exchange of local beekeeping news and of colony productivity and health status is invaluable in keeping a successful apiary. Networking can and does save you a lot of time and wasted effort!

Other information

When keeping honeybees you quickly discover that there are many other pollinator species in our natural world, some of which you will encounter in and around your apiary, some you can mistake for honeybees, and some that interact directly with honeybee colonies. Information on other UK bee species and wasps can be found here at the Bee Species page, and at the Wasp Species page

Suggestions, corrections and contributions for improving the notes are always welcome, please contact Iain at webmaster.