January Activity

January has been a busy month for us with not one but two events that gave our beekeeping year a good start. Firstly, our inaugural honey show was held by kind permission of Everton Nurseries. With over 60 entries in 20 classes (from honey to cakes, beeswax to honey sweetmeats),

Beginners Training course – Hurry – Spaces going fast!

Hugely popular, our Beginners Course is perfect for both non-beekeepers who are looking to become beekeepers and those who started with their first colony during the last twelve months without having completed a course. It runs on Wednesday evenings for seven weeks , starting March 11th, with each class covering a

SWHB Inaugural Honey Show

By kind permission of Everton Nurseries. SO41 0JZ Saturday 4th January 2020 With over 20 classes to enter, this event will enable all members to exhibit their prowess in honey and hive related products along with their culinary and other skills. Follow the  guidelines to showing and exhibiting as recently divulged at our October

December Members’ Meeting Report

December saw our well attended Christmas Social event that included a ‘pub style’ quiz and ‘pot luck’ (bring a dish) meal. This resulted in some really strange combinations on people’s plates but all enjoyed the experience none the less. The quiz following was light heartedly noisy – even riotous

November Members Meeting Report

Christine Coulsting and Terry Mullarney from Romsey Beekeepers were welcomed to this month’s meeting at which Christine gave a most enlightening presentation on the current developments of the Asian Hornet incursion into the UK, followed by Terry running a workshop at which members made their own Asian Hornet traps ready

Asian Hornet Week – September 9th to 15th

The British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) is holding it’s second Asian Hornet Week Sept 9 to 15th and is warning beekeepers and the public “I could be coming your way - are you ready?” Copyright: John Feltwell Since 2016 there have been a total of 15 confirmed sightings of the Asian hornet


On July 3rd, the NBU confirmed a sighting of an individual female Asian Hornet in New Milton, Hants, after it was reported by a member of the public. Based on visual examination, the hornet is likely to be a queen. Follow this link for full details: www.gov.uk/government/news/asian-hornet-identified-in-south-hampshire All beekeepers are advised

How Honeybees Get Their Jobs – Explained

An  extremely interesting feature from the people at National Geographic explains how, with brains the size of sesame seeds, honeybees have to work together in different capacitoes to maintain a healthy hive Follow this link: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/2019/03/honey-bee-job-queen-hive-animals/

‘Lost’ Giant bee spotted…..

The world's biggest bee has been re-discovered, after decades thought lost to science. The giant bee - which is as long as an adult's thumb - was found on a little-explored Indonesian island. After days of searching, wildlife experts found a single live female, which they photographed and filmed. Known as Wallace's giant