Do you need help with a honey bee swarm?

Meridian swarm collectors cover South Hampshire including Bishops Waltham, Botley, Hedge End, Shedfield, Swanmore, Titchfield, Wickham and West End, Southampton.

Why do honey bees swarm?

You may have seen them swirling through the air making a deafening buzz, or dangling quietly from a branch in the shade of a tree. But how and why do honey bees swarm? Swarming.

Meridian Shop

As well as high quality foundation from Kemble, the Meridian shop now stocks a wide range of essential beekeeping equipment at discounted prices. Check out our catalogue here. Meridian shop.

Learning to love wasps

Wasps get a bad press. Nobody enjoys them hovering over our barbecues and most people see them at best, as a nuisance and at worse, as nasty, aggressive creatures. This page aims to give you a new understanding of wasps; you never know, you may even grow to love them! Wasps.

Introduction to beekeeping course

The date for our 2023 Introduction to Beekeeping course has been announced. It starts on Monday 4 September and runs for seven weeks and will be followed by a practical session in Spring 2024. This may seem ages away, but if you’re interested, register now as demand usually outstrips supply! For more information, click here.

World bee day 2023
Bees carry pollen from flower to flower

Bees are amongst the hardest working creatures on Earth and on 20 May we celebrated them.

Bees are responsible for one in three of every mouthful we eat and contribute to the variety, quality, and security of our food. Without them, our lives would be poorer and our very survival at risk. World bee day.

No Mow May
Relax and watch the wildflowers bloom in your lawn

Lock-away your lawn mower, put your feet up and let the wild flowers bloom in your lawn. By not cutting you grass in May you can work wonders for our bees and other pollinators. Say no to the mow.



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

Gardening for wildlife
It doesn’t have to look untidy, mow through paths or leave feature areas in corners and around trees.

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 wildlife.

Health benefits of honey

Honey is not only delicious on your toast, ice cream or porridge, it has significant health benefits too. These are explained on this page with links to other sources. Health benefits of honey.

About Us

We are passionate about beekeeping. Meridian Beekeepers’ Association supports beekeepers in the South Hampshire area. We also aim to raise public awareness of bees, beekeeping and the environment. Please visit our About page.

Get In Touch

We would love to hear from you whether or not you are a Meridian member. Please visit our Contact page.