Basic Questions

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What do I need to start beekeeping

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 How much time does it take up
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The beekeepers year

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 How much is it going to cost me to get started

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Do I need to belong to a local association

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 Do I require a licence to keep bees

Decisions

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When & how should I start

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How do I decide on what hive type to use
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Should I use Open Mesh Floors (OMF)

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What style of frame should I use?

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Should I use castellations

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What type of bee suit should I buy

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What type of Smoker should I buy

Getting Kit

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Where do I get my beekeeping equipment from

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Can I make my own hives

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Where do I get my bees from

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What ‘type’ of bee do I have a choice of

Concerns

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Will I Get Stung If I Keep Bees

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Just how many bees might there be in my hive

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Can I keep my bees on my allotment
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If You are an Allotment Owner

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Can I keep bees in my garden

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How many hives can I keep in my garden

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Can I use a lawnmower near the hive

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Will they bother the neighbours or pets

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Will they mark my washing

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How do I set up a small apiary

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  I do not want more than one colony of bees, is that ok

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What can I paint my hives with
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What colour is best

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 Am I insured

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Are there any laws regarding keeping bees

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I am a Vegan, is beekeeping exploitative

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Where do I get help from in a hurry