David Cramp started beekeeping while still serving in the Royal Air Force. Following his service career he spent a year at the Bee Research Unit at Cardiff University writing a thesis on Drone Congregation Areas before heading off to southern Spain with his wife to start a beekeeping enterprise. During his time in Spain he produced organic honey and wrote for the beekeeping and small farming press in the UK and USA. He also gave talks and courses on beekeeping to groups from many parts of Europe. After 12 years in Spain he moved to New Zealand to manage a 4,000-hive beekeeping operation specializing in pollination and manuka honey production.