Your health and well being

Beekeeping requires some relatively heavy lifting, the boxes that hold honey (called supers) can weigh around 10kg and will need lifting from chest height to the ground and back. People with back problems should work with a partner.

Getting stung is an occupational hazard for beekeepers, although we try to minimise it by the techniques we use for handling the bees. Some people are sensitive to bee stings and can suffer an allergic reaction so it is important to keep a mobile phone with you or work with others around in case you are taken ill.

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