What does a beekeeper do?
... when asked some of you may still remember an episode of an old tv docu.Visit to the Beekeeper
But much more than the typical image of a rather older man, with one of these suits and the thing that makes a lot of smoke while pulling a honeycomb out of the beehive with oven gloves, is somehow not known.
ALTHOUGH beekeeping is one of the oldest professions.
12,000 year old cave paintings show "Hönigjäger"
At that time honey and wax were still collected by wild bees.
About 5000 years ago, the first colonies of bees were kept as pets in built beehives.
It is all the more surprising that very few people know what a beekeeper actually does.
Make honey ...
(which, by the way, he doesn't really "make" but rather collects)
Beeswax was the only pleasant light source for a long time. As a result, wax candles were even more valuable than honey. And only rich people could afford it.
The less fortunate had to use lamps with animal fat. You can imagine that it didn't really smell good.
About 1000 years ago there were mainly "Zeidler" in Europe. These honey collectors were a respected professional group. (Incidentally, with plenty of privileges for the time)
They had their own coat of arms, and mostly worked directly for a king or other nobles.
As free fiefdoms, they were often the "boss in the forest". And by the way, the first professional conservationists!
At that time you already had the right to punish a farmer who simply drove his pigs into the forest to eat there. The bees went ahead!
"My forest is sweating before me" was a statement by Emperor Charles IV
and he gave the Zeidlers "forest police" regulatory tasks.
Today there are almost no wild bee colonies in our forests.
Beekeeping is basically carried out exclusively in a wide variety of beehives.
Of course, honey and wax are still the main reason for most beekeepers.
But all other important "jobs" of honeybees are becoming increasingly popular.
Fortunately, the honeybee as a pure "farm animal" is a rather dying out view.
With new media and a curious generation of young people, bees and beekeeping are experiencing an urgently needed popularity.
If you are one of the curious and wondering what YOU can do to make nature a little more natural,
we would like to kidnap you for a few hours and introduce you to bees and beekeeping.
And honestly, a little refresher on general knowledge cannot hurt every 12,000 years.