David Ledger remembers his Grandfather regularly taking a swarm of honeybees from an old chimney pot on his allotment in Surrey during the late Fifties, beginning a lifetime in the interest of beekeeping. However it was not until he took early retirement in 1994 and moved to South Devon that he was able to keep bees of his own, with a swarm moving into an empty WBC hive that he had rescued from a bonfire in Dean Prior.
After gaining an Honours degree BSc Environmental Science from the University of Plymouth in 2000 he found more time to devote to beekeeping and queen rearing and moved with 10 colonies of New Zealand Italian bees to Kings Orchard in The Tamar Valley in Cornwall in 2010.
David’s research in honey bee genetics lead to a passion in preserving the Native Cornish Black bee, he now runs 35+ colonies of Amm in an isolated valley along the banks of the River Lynher….
He is a member and former Chairman of the Kit Hill Group of the Cornwall Beekeepers Association, BIPCo and the Bee Farmers Association