All About Beez Neez Honey

Our Honey

Beez Neez began as a hobby some 40 years ago when Frank and Shirley Dooley had one hive in the back garden. It has grown greatly since then.

Beekeeper Frank has studied extensively over the years. He has completed his standard and intermediate Beekeeper qualifications with the British Beekeepers Association. He has also attended Hartpury College, Gloucester and Lincoln Agricultural College to complete Diplomas in Beekeeping.

The highlight of Beekeeper Frank's love affair with bees was meeting Brother Adam at Buckfast Abbey. Brother Adam (1898-1996) was a Bendictine Monk and world authority on bees. He developed and bred the Buckfast Bee. To read more about the Buckfast Bee, click HERE

Bee collecting Lavendar pollen

A short interview with Beekeeper Frank

Hello Beekeeper Frank. On a sunny day such as today it is easy to imagine why you would be interested in keeping bees, but could you tell us how you got started with this fascinating hobby?

It must have been a very unusual hobby forty years ago.

Yes it was. Back then it was very difficult to find any body who knew anything about bees. I had to read what I could at the local library and find someone who was willing to share information and help with hands on experience.

Where was your first hive?

In the back garden. It was a 5 frame nucleus colony, which means it was half the size of a standard bee hive.

Managing the bee hive

How many hives do you have now?

Approximately 100 or so but this varies according to weather conditions time of year.

Most people are afraid of bees. Would you say that fear is unfounded?

Yes. I think everyone should have a healthy respect for honey bees. We all know they are capable of stinging, but this will be a last resort. As long as you keep a healthy distance you are very unlikely to get stung. It would be advisable to get to know the basic differences between bees and wasps.

How can people support our bees and ensure their survival?

Planting wildflower gardens goes a long way to boost bee population strength by giving them a ready supply of food. Supporting your local beekeeper is also a very good way to ensure their survival.

Is beekeeping just a summer job?

Absolutely not. In winter we are kept busy preparing honey supers and brood combs to be ready for the spring activity. The bees also need to be fed during the cold winter months and we need to keep a constant eye on the weather.

What are the health benefits of honey and bee products?

Pollination carried out by honey bees ensures at least one third of the world's food supply. Honey and bee products are used worldwide in many products from beauty creams to furniture polish, candles to health supplements. Natural is always best.

How much honey do you consume yourself?

As much as I can along with pollen and wax, all of which, in my opinion, are excellent health foods.

For more information

If you are interested in learning more about bees please take a look at the following websites:

British Bee Keepers Association and Help Save Our Bees