About Louth District Beekeepers...
Well, we’re a friendly group and a district of the Lincolnshire Beekeepers (a registered charity), our aims are simple, to encourage the good husbandry and understanding of bees – everyone is welcome, young or old, novice or expert. If you have an interest in beekeeping, then please come along and learn from the collective experience of our membership and the great speakers we invite. We also offer services to members and opportunities for further training to experienced beekeepers.
Louth District Beekeepers was founded nearly 150 years ago, way back in 1874 by Henry Octavius Smith of Julian Bower in Louth. The Smith's dominated the association for the first 75 years, with Henry's Son Albert having the role as secretary for over 50 years from 1905 to 1955. We are one of the founding districts of the Lincolnshire Beekeepers Association.
If you’re a beginner come and join us for one of the best beginner beekeeping courses Lincolnshire has to offer (probably). If you wish to join us our membership form can be found here.
Bees and man go back to the dawn of time and it is difficult to imagine how the process of pollination could happen without them and since almost 90% of wild plants and 75% of leading global crops depend on animal pollination, this is a big deal. It’s estimated one out of every three mouthfuls of our food depends on pollinators such as bees. Honeybees are the only insect that produces food that is eaten by man. They are incredibly hard-working creatures, it takes about 550 workers to gather nectar for 0.5kg of honey from 2 million flowers.Each honeybee only produces a fraction of a teaspoon of honey in its short lifespan (approx. six weeks in the summer), they literally wear themselves out foraging. They will visit 50 to 100 flowers on a single trip and communicate the location of good nectar sources to their fellow workers by a series of dances.
We have apiaries in Louth and the surrounding areas, including within the Wolds and we meet regularly. Perhaps you are an experienced keeper? In that case, then maybe you might like to help out with our Education Programme. Either way, if you wish to join us, please you can complete a membership form here.