Winchester and District Beekeepers' Association (WDBKA) meetings
Meetings will be subject to Covid 19 restrictions current on the date of the meeting.
Please see our calendar for further details and future meetings.
For links to online talks and other useful beekeeping information please see our Learning resources page.
Festival of Bees at the University of Greenwich Saturday 3rd September 2022
South of England Honey Show at Ardingly Showground 24/25th September 2022
New Forest Bee Health Day at Lyndhurst Saturday 24th September 2022
Hampshire Honey Show at Great Hall Winchester 1st/2nd October 2022
Wiltshire Bee & Honey Day Saturday 8th October 2022
Hampshire Beekeepers Association Autumn Convention 19th November 2022 09:00 - 16:30
Sparsholt College near Winchester - details to follow.
BBKA list of talks available for beekeepers in the UK.
BeeConnected is an organisation bringing farmers and beekeepers together and keeping beekeepers notified when a neighbouring farmer is applying insecticides to their crops. Farmers, spray contractors and beekeepers can register with BeeConnected.
Wild flower verges are nicer to look at, in the long term it will save councils money and reduce congestion caused
by grass cutting but most importantly it provides habitat for wildlife including pollinators. Some enlightened councils
are investing in wildflower meadows as is the Wildlife Trust.
Signing this petition is an opportunity to show support for this and put pressure on others to do the same.
Taking hives to the New Forest heather
Members please see May Newsletter for details.
The National Bee Unit has confirmed a sighting of an Asian Hornet in the Felixstowe area - spring 2022.
More information will follow in due course but in the meantime we all need to be vigilant.
Can you recognise an Asian Hornet nest? See BBKA Asian hornet page.
Further information and advice about Asian Hornets on our Asian Hornet page.
Overturn the decision to allow the use of neonicotinoid pesticides - Petitions
Defra has granted farmers in England the temporary right to use the insecticide thiamethoxam on sugar beet
for a 120 day period in 2022.
The BBKA is totally opposed to the use of this and similar pesticides due to their effect on not only honey bees but
other pollinators and the wider environment.
Latest Government response 8th August 2022.
Read the transcript of the Parliamentary debate Wednesday 2nd February 2022.
Sign the petitions: UK Government and Parliament petitions website, Greenpeace, Co-op Party.
Write to your MP.
Importing honey bees into Great Britain - Small Hive Beetle (SHB)
A major new risk to the health of the bee population - there is an imminent and serious risk that an exotic pest,
Small Hive Beetle, could be introduced into the British Isles. Please see article: Bee Diseases and Insurance Ltd.
See also the Government response dated 29th April 2021.
Photography John Cleverley