Asian hornet week

6-10 September

Practical day, Summer 2021
Dawn hit the nail on the head when she gave the practical day top marks!

The practical element of our introduction to beekeeping course was held on Saturday 26 June at the Swanmore apiary. Find out how we all got on. Practical day.


Knowledgebase is a developing source of information for members. It includes video, how-to guides and links to trusted sources and will be updated throughout the year. Members are encouraged to share their skills and experience with others via Knowledgebase

e-learning on Beebase

Log-in to your Beebase account and you’ll find a series of short but brilliant e-learning modules on bee pests and diseases including those that are legally notifiable. Exotic pests and notifiable diseases

West End Apiary
Denise and Atlas at West End

Our apiary at West End is developing well. Here’s an update from our most recent inspections.

Meadow creation: update
Denise sent over these beautiful pictures from West End. In just two months, the meadow is already flourishing.

We’ll have to wait until next year for the main results but just look how the meadow’s coming on! Meadow creation, West End apiary.

New Forest apiary meeting and picnic

Our next meeting is scheduled for 11.00 on Saturday 21 August and will now be held at Ocknell Pond in the New Forest. It’s the perfect opportunity to learn about taking bees to the heather and to get together socially for a picnic. Apiary meetings

..and here you can find a short report from our most recent apiary meeting at Swanmore on 17 July.


Do you need help with a honey bee swarm? Meridian swarm collectors cover Bishops Waltham, Botley, Hedge End, Shedfield, Swanmore, Titchfield and West End, Southampton. Have you got a swarm?

Apiary report, Swanmore 2 August 2021

Update from the apiary. The latest from Swanmore from Denise and Richard. This will be on interest if you attended the last apiary meeting. Apiary report

Bee imports

Under new post-Brexit rules, packages and colonies of honey bees can no longer be imported to Great Britain. The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs hopes the ban will prevent the spread of bee pests and diseases. ITV report

However, Northern Ireland remains part of the single market and bee imports from Europe are still allowed. Unscrupulous operators are importing bees via Northern Ireland for onward to transfer to England, Scotland and Wales. The British Beekeepers’ Association is asking that we sign a petition to get the loophole closed as soon as possible.



Honey is famously sweet and delicious and has heath-giving properties but not all honey is the same! Here is a quick guide to the choices available with links to further information. Honey


Making small changes in your garden can make a really big difference to pollinators and wildlife. Here are some links to some good ideas. Gardening for pollinators


Beekeeping is a relaxing and enjoyable hobby which can connect you to nature and the environment. If you’re thinking about taking up the craft, here are a few things to consider. New beekeepers

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