About Us

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We are a predominantly urban group of bee keepers numbering over 100 Registered, Partner and Country members and now in our 99th year (2018). We are affiliated to Hampshire Bee Keepers Association (HBA) and the British Bee Keepers Association (BBKA).

We hold monthly meetings all year round. In the spring and summer we hold apiary meetings at different apiaries. In autumn and winter we hold indoor meetingds in Stubbington, when we have special guest speakers on all different bee related topics.

We also run a training and educational apiary at Manor Farm, Bursledon, where we have held Honey and Bee weekends for the last few years which has been a fantastic weekend for us and the general public, details of which are posted on the Apiary page.

We openly welcome and encourage 'newcomers' to join us. We also are more than happy to invite members of the public along who may have a fear of bees or people who really would like to know a little more about bee's and bee keeping to one of our Summer apiary meetings. We will loan you a bee suit and gloves (limited numbers depending on the meeting) if you wish to know more please email the secretary using the contact link, or look at the Membership page

Dates for your Diary

Don't forget that annual subscriptions are now due for 2018. Print off the form on the membership page and send it to Steve Wilson our membership secretary.

Things to do in May

Continue making weekly inspections.

Check the queen has room to lay.

Add queen exluder and super.

Add an extra super when bees are covering 6/7 frames in the one below.

Prepare spare supers and super frames.

Be generous with supers as the space is needed more for the bees than the honey.

Exchange 2 old brood frames for frames with new foundation.

Manage swarms, check for queen cells, spilit a strong colony, prepare your your swarm collection kit.

Consider setting up for a bait hive.

Monitor varroa mite drop.

Extract oilseed rape honey when flowers fade in fields.