This page gives members easy access to trusted information on subjects ranging from common manipulations to honey harvesting, labelling and candle making. This page is evolving with Meridian content and links to good quality information being added regularly.

Beekeeping essentials

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Let’s hope we never see the smaller hornet with the yellow legs!

Asian hornet; defence in the apiary

Here is a summary of the integrated defence strategy developed in French apiaries against the Asian Hornet. Asian hornet talk

The Meridian beekeeping year

A guide to the the annual cycle of work in the apiary adjusted as far as possible for the South Hampshire area.

Beecraft glossary

An alphabetical list of beekeeping terms with definitions from the excellent Beecraft magazine. Beecraft glossary.

Collecting and hiving a swarm

Video clips with notes and links showing Lisa and Ritchie collecting and hiving a swarm. Swarms.

Our bees favourite forage

An illustrated list of the trees, garden flowers and shrubs, crops and wild flowers our bees are likely to be foraging on month by month. This page is designed to help you prepare for your basic assessment but can also be used as a guide if you’re planning on planting for pollinators. Our bees’ favourite forage.

Frames and boxes

Fixing natural comb into frames

A short film showing how to fix comb removed from feral colonies into frames so that the brood and stores can be hived. Fixing comb into frames

How to build a frame (according to the BBKA)

A video by Richard showing how to build a frame to the British Beekeepers’ Association standard. Essential viewing if you’re looking to take the Basic Assessment. How to build a frame

A guide to the hive

The William Broughton Carr (WBC) hive; perhaps the most quintessentially British honey bee hive

A beginner’s guide to the honey bee hive and an explanation of each part and it’s function. The hive

Fumigating comb for re-use

Re-using comb saves bees time and energy but it’s a good idea to sterilise it first to protect against Nosema, Chalkbrood and wax moth. Here’s the step-by step process for fumigating comb.

Disease control

Counting varroa


An overview of this invasive pest and a summary of the treatment options available with links. Varroa

Shook swarm (including BDI’s whole apiary trial

A step-by-step guide to preforming a shook swarm with a very clear short film from Sheffield Beekeepers. This page also explains BDI’s whole apiary shook swarm trial for treating European Foulbrood. Shook swarm


A quick guide to European and American foulbrood with links to good quality, further information. Foulbrood.

Bee Viruses

An excellent 35 minute presentation explaining how to identify the most prevalent bee viruses in the UK including Sacbrood, Black Queen Cell virus, Chronic Bee Paralysis and Deformed Wing virus and what to do if you find them. Kirsty Stainton

Practical treatment for mild Nosema

Using a microscope to identify Nosema

Nosema needs controlling and good hive hygiene is essential. Here are a few simple things you can do to give your bees the best start in spring. Nosema


Honey processing with Louise

A short film on how to uncap and spin out honey with notes and help with choosing an extractor. Honey processing

Preparing honey for sale or show

How to prepare clear, soft set and comb honey. Preparing Honey

Labelling honey

A summary of the regulations with links to more detailed information on the statutory requirements. Labelling honey

Hive products

Wax processing with Louise

Two very useful short films from Louise on how to reclaim, wash and render wax in preparation for making hive products. Wax


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Candle making with Louise

Louise shows us how to make moulded and dipped candles

Two short videos showing how to select and prepare the wick, setting-up, melting wax and cooling and finishing your candles. Candle making


Re-queening a defensive colony

A short video and notes on how to re-queening a defensive colony

Good books and sources of reliable information

Books, videos and links to other sources of reliable information recommended by members. reading

A short guide on taking bees to the heather

Hampshire Beekeepers’ advisory notes on taking bees to the New Forest heather. Taking bees to the heather

Bee Disease Insurance

Have you ever wondered what’s covered by your bee disease insurance or how the scheme works? Here are some questions and answers to help you understand what’s covered.




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