By George Ledger

Michael has been involved with bees for 7 years, after taking over two hives from a friend who didn’t have time to care for them. He is self taught but had some experience of handling them and general knowledge of insects through his ‘day job’ as a pest controller.

Beekeepers normally have a number of hives that they are happy to maintain and stick to that number. Michael thought four would be a good number however he now has increased this to nine which are sited in different places around the Stanley area. This keeps him busy but also allows the bees to gather pollen from different plants thus making different tasting honey.

Knowing all about bees helps with another side of my business which is extracting them from buildings and chimneys and also collecting swarms.

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