Swarm collection and hiving

For the past couple of years, I’ve been waiting patiently to film the perfect swarm collection. By ‘perfect’ I mean a massive swarm dangling, seemingly precariously, from a stout branch, at head-height unencumbered by foliage or prickles where the beekeeper simply comes along, places a box under the cluster, runs a hand between branch andContinue reading “Swarm collection and hiving”

Hampshire Bee Health Day

Hampshire Beekeepers’ Association hosted its Bee Health Day in partnership with our Regional Bee Inspectors on Saturday 18 June 2022. The free event was held at Sparsholt College, Winchester and combined talks from a variety of experts with practical hands-on learning. After teas and coffee and a catch-up with friends, the day started in theContinue reading “Hampshire Bee Health Day”


Despite their names, both European Foulbrood and American Foulbrood are present in the UK and are potentially so serious, that their presence in an apiary is notifiable by law. The National Bee Unit (NBU) is the authority charged with controlling foulbrood. Beekeepers are legally obligated to report any suspected diseased colonies under the Bee DiseasesContinue reading “Foulbrood”

BBKA Basic Assessment

The basic assessment is designed to provide new beekeepers with a goal and to give them a measure of their achievement so far in the fundamental skills and knowledge of the craft. To enter the basic, which is an oral assessment, a person must have at least one year’s experience of keeping bees. The basicContinue reading “BBKA Basic Assessment”

Telling the bees

Telling the bees is an age old tradition stemming from Europe in which bees would be told of important events in their keeper’s lives such as births, deaths and marriages. Little is known about the origins of the tradition but some say it’s derived from Celtic mythology or even ancient Aegean notions about bees’ abilityContinue reading “Telling the bees”

Wildflower verges

Stephen Barnes, chair of BBKA trustees has written to Area Associations and Branch Secretaries asking that we sign a petition urging the government to encourage local authorities to plant more wild flowers on roadside verges and other spaces in the public realm. There are a number of advantages to wild flowers verges. Not least, theyContinue reading “Wildflower verges”

Bee Health Day 2022

Hampshire Beekeepers’ Association has release full details of the 2022 Bee Health Day which is being held at Sparsholt College, Winchester on 18 June 2022 from 08:45 to 17:00. Attendees are limited to ninety so if you’d like to go, it’s a good idea to register early. HBKA has created an Eventbrite page for membersContinue reading “Bee Health Day 2022”

Apiary meeting, 21 May

Meridian members gathered at Swanmore today for our second apiary meeting of the season. The weather and bees were both kind for which we were grateful; we had several new members in attendance including Eileen, Jane, Kate, Pete, Patrick, Rachael and Jake. In all, three hives were opened including Robin’s colony housed on twenty-two framesContinue reading “Apiary meeting, 21 May”

Denise: Spring update, West End apiary

I am pleased to say that both Meridian colonies at West End apiary survived the winter and as soon as the weather warmed up, in March, we were eager to open the hives and evaluate their progress. It was noted that there was brood and eggs present but the bees were only using 6 framesContinue reading “Denise: Spring update, West End apiary”