Processing wax

Throughout the beekeeping year, its possible to accumulate quite a lot of wax from different sources. There’s the brace comb we remove during hive inspections, comb we’re replacing from brood boxes, cappings from honey processing and the wax we scrape from equipment when we’re cleaning it. Louise’s video shows a brilliant tip for collecting allContinue reading “Processing wax”

Swarm collectors

Louise EvansBotley 07434 952900 01489 781155 Howard TowlShedfield 07832 185913 01329 835814 Tony AshworthTitchfield 07766 525963 01489 579863 Richard SkinnerWest End 07812 642970 07812 642970 Peter ClarkWest End 07867 557964 01489 692881 All collectors cover the whole of our South Hampshire area including Bishops Waltham, Botley, Hedge End, Swanmore, Titchfield and West End If youContinue reading “Swarm collectors”

Have you got a swarm?

If you think you have a swarm of honey bees, here’s what to do: 1.Don’t panic! You may have seen the bees arrive, swirling through the air accompanied by a deafening buzz, but they’re at their least defensive during a swarm and pose little or no threat to us. OK you’ve made your point! BeesContinue reading “Have you got a swarm?”


Meridian member Catherine Pardoe wrote to Flick Drummond, MP for Meon Valley to express her concern about the recent authorisation of a Neonicotinoid treatment for sugar beet. Here is the response. It only serves to emphasis the need to keep up the pressure. Here is a link to the petition on the Government website PetitionContinue reading “Neonicotinoids”

Honey and hive products for sale

This page displays locally-produced honey and hive products. These are offered for sale by local beekeepers and their contact details can be found here. Most Meridian members have eaten or sold their 2021 crop (independent grocers have an insatiable appetite for local honey!) but keep an eye on this page, more will be offered inContinue reading “Honey and hive products for sale”

Apiary management

With the start of the active season fast approaching, we’ve been considering how we might better manage our bees. Our aim is to make running Meridian’s apiaries fun for everyone and to provide an opportunity for members to acquire new skills. We also want to make sure our bees are well looked after. Rather thanContinue reading “Apiary management”