Apiculture (from Latin: apis“) is the maintenance of honey bee colonies, commonly in hives, by humans. A beekeeper (or apiarist) keeps , to collect their honey,  food crops, or to produce bees for sale to other . A location where bees are kept is called an apiary or “bee yard.”

Keeper of Honeybees – BeekeeperTom is a full-time keeper of bees, although, in truth, the bees keep Tom.
A prolific collector he will find a home for every swarm he collects.

Beekeeper to:

  • Heathrow Airport within its biodiversity program
    • 24 beehives in 2016 that is nearly 1.3 million bees (Peak Summer 2016)
    • 34 beehives in 2017 – 1.8 million bees
    • PLUS 11 Native UK Honeybee breeding colonies
    • AND a further 10 hives to be installed during 2018, that’s over 2.5 million bees in summer
  • Blackmoor Estate, where successful of the commercial apple and cherry orchards is paramount

Tom jokes that while Heathrow is indeed ‘Britains Busiest Airport’, his honeybees perform more take-off and landings each day.

BeekeeperTom donates time to the International Bee Research Association (). ( IBRA produce scientific apiculture journals and Bee World magazine.

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Did you know?

90% of honeybee swarms do not survive!
As an avid beekeeper, BeekeeperTom is a prolific honeybee swarm collector.
To give as many honeybees the best chance of survival BeekeeperTom will collect free of charge all honeybee swarms reported to him, provided he can physically get access to them.

Tom continues to set up bee sanctuaries, where areas safe from immediate pesticide use, are seeded, this also attracts additional pollinators.

If you have a honeybee swarm within 15 miles of GU35 (Hampshire), call (07706 106898).
BeekeeperTom will always provide a beehive for them.

BeekeeperTom is a trading style of Innangard Ltd