Bees are an essential part of our eco-system, they help pollinate our crops, those crops are then used for food production in the UK, an industry worth £500million a year to the economy.
But now concerns have been raised about the future of beekeeping.
The average age of a bee farmer in the UK is over 60. It's such an expensive pastime that younger people struggle to get involved with.
But a scheme near Dumfries is trying to do what they can to help address the problem.
Louis Kitchen is an apprentice beekeeper. He is only one of two people who are training this summer, but is hoping once he is finished he can become a commercial farmer.
The scheme being run in the south of Scotland to help provide affordable bee hives for people interested in starting out but lacking the funds. They have set up a website to highlight their campaign and have a target of £5,000 which they are hoping to hit by April.
John Mellis runs the farm here near Dumfries and is passionate about his industry. He is ready to pass on his knowledge and experience to ensure the business he loves survives.
But the country needs people like John to be training large groups of people every year for things to change.
Hobby beekeepers have their place in the industry, but it's larger commercial farms that are needed to make a significant difference.