In last month’s Bee Craft (pp 9–11), we reported on a bee-driving event held by former BBKA president and beekeeping historian, David Charles. This month we look into the history of this mesmerising technique and discover why, for a relatively brief period, it became an important beekeeping skill.

Broadly speaking, beekeeping in nineteenth-century Britain was an activity undertaken by two groups of people from opposite ends of the social spectrum.

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