Membership renewal 2022

Existing members If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to renew your Meridian membership. You can do so by clicking on the link we recently sent you. Check your details are up-to date, then select the number of hives you are planning to run and the membership category you require (via theContinue reading “Membership renewal 2022”

Hampshire Beekeepers’ Association propositions adopted at BBKA ADM 2022

At the BBKA Annual Delegates Meeting on 13th January, 2022, HBA proposed two of the three most significant propositions discussed by over sixty associations at the meeting. Both propositions were passed by large majorities and are now therefore adopted as BBKA policy. The first proposition reinforces BBKA’s opposition to the importation of honey bees. ItContinue reading “Hampshire Beekeepers’ Association propositions adopted at BBKA ADM 2022”

Talk: threat of the Asian hornet

Meridian Beekeepers is delighted to present a talk about the threat of the Asian Hornet by Andrew Durham of Cambridge Beekeepers. Andrew will describe the alarming situation in France where the Asian Hornet is damaging eco-systems and affecting everybody, not just beekeepers. Andrew will explain the lifecycle of this invasive pest and the effects ofContinue reading “Talk: threat of the Asian hornet”

Bees, honey and love

Since the beginning of time, honey and bees have been associated with love. Honey, long considered the food of the gods and an aphrodisiac, is also the key ingredient of mead, the tipple of lovers; it’s not called a honeymoon for nothing! But honey’s romantic credentials go much further than that. St Valentine Valentine livedContinue reading “Bees, honey and love”

Petition to ban unnecessary pesticides

A petition started by Professor Dave Goulding and supported by a host of conservation and health charities is calling for the UK Government to ban the use of pesticides in urban areas and to end their sale for use in gardens. The petition, supported by RSPB, PAN UK, Friends of the Earth, Parkinson’s UK, AllianceContinue reading “Petition to ban unnecessary pesticides”

Lecture notes from HBKA convention 2021

One more thing to worry about : Co-formulants by Ed Straw and Mark Brown Firstly, thanks to Ed for helping Janelle out with the IT all day as our very own Richard Skinner tried gallantly to do it remotely from his COVID sick bed (He was really poorly). Many thanks to all the volunteers forContinue reading “Lecture notes from HBKA convention 2021”

The trials and tribulations of first-time candle dipping

A 2kg block of cleaned wax in our possession and the prospect of more energy companies collapsing – so what better way of spending a cold autumn afternoon and preparing for a cold dark winter than candle dipping – How complicated could it be? Having read the books and watched endless YouTube clips it seemedContinue reading “The trials and tribulations of first-time candle dipping”

Apiary meeting report, Swanmore – Saturday 11 September

Here’s a short film from our last apiary meeting of the season (Saturday 11 September). Although overcast, it was a warm, dry day and the bees were very calm! Thanks to them for being on their best behaviour and thank you to Denise, Robin and Louise for leading the inspections and to Zara, Tom andContinue reading “Apiary meeting report, Swanmore – Saturday 11 September”

New Forest apiary meeting, 21 August 2021

“Shall we go or is it best to cancel?” The now familiar pre-apiary meeting phone call. The weather for Ocknell Pond wasn’t looking good, but as we’d cancelled or postponed most of our meetings in 2021, we decided to risk it. “We can always sit in the tent and have a chat!” Members with childrenContinue reading “New Forest apiary meeting, 21 August 2021”