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Next Event - Bees and Honey weekend - 16/17 July @ Manor Farm, Bursledon, Hants. SO31 7HA

Please come along and get involved - either to assist over the weekend or simply to see the farm in operation.

If you are providing any of the FDBKA equipment for the weekend please ensure that you deliver it in good time to Sandra.

About Us

We are a predominantly urban group of bee keepers numbering 100+ Registered, Partner and Country members and now in our 98th year (2016). 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 when we hold apiary meetings, and indoor meetings in autumn and winter 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 couple of 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 and 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.

2016 Queen colour - WHITE

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This month in the Apiary - July

  • Notwithstanding the poor weather swarming should be over by now and so the colonies will be able to concentrate on the second flow .. provided it starts !
  • As we have had a ‘June Gap’ make sure your colonies have sufficient stores to get them through to the next flow.
  • Try to make sure a newly-mated queen resulting from swarm prevention measures is heading your main honey producing colony. This will greatly reduce the chances of the colony swarming for a second time.
  • Don’t add more supers unless you know that your bees need them. At this time of year the brood nest is starting to contract (theoretically!)
  • Start think about wasp protection measures maybe putting wasp traps up a few metres from your hives.
  • Consider how how can get more out of the association by getting involved - Remember there are no stupid questions !


(All the above is generic advice only)

Membership

If you wish to join us and become a member of FDBKA please email membership from the side bar.

The Annual Subscription for a Registered Member is £30 (anyone who has at least 1 hive).

The Annual Subscription for Junior, Partner, Country or Associate Member it is £16.

A proportion of all Subscriptions is annually sent to HBA who then send part of that on to BBKA. A further portion of Registered Members Subscription is sent off for Bee Disease Insurance.

Julian Parker, our new Regional Bee Inspector can be contacted on 01494 488393 or julian.parker@apha.gsi.gov.uk should you run into a problem.

From April we will also have our Seasonal Bee Inspectors who will be listed on here as usual.

Seen a swarm of honeybees ? Contact one of our collection team listed in the sidebar in the first instance.