Welcome to the Andover and District Beekeepers Association (ADBKA) website.


ADBKA is a thriving association of amateur beekeepers looking after the interests of existing members and newcomers to beekeeping in the Andover area (Map of Andover and District territory).

We are one of the many associations that make up the larger body of the British Beekeepers Association (www.bbka.org.uk) and our association is one of the many that make up the Hampshire Beekeepers Association (HBA)

We meet regularly to exchange information and keep abreast of issues relating to beekeeping as well as simply to socialise. Topics we cover include bee health, beekeeping techniques and theories, bee products, advice and access to BBKA training modules as well as practical apiary visits.

 

Announcement December 2023 - Congratulations to Rebecca Hall and Kevin Nugent who both have completed and been awarded the BBKA Basic Assessment

 

Bee Keeping Introductory – 2024

The Andy Kingman (Cowdown) apiary is now closed for practical training until early spring, from which time all other conditions remain as before with access gained from 1000 hours for two hours on Saturday mornings between the end of April and the end of September and at other times by prior agreed appointment with the apiary manager.

Please note that there are no toilet facilities on site and due to its open grassland, plain environment and at times high fire risk that smoking and naked flames other than to prime a smoker will be permitted and even then under strict control. All contact via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Monthly Diary Guide -

 • Introduction and Preparation - TBA

• Hands in hive - TBA

• Main honey flow – super management - TBA

• Assessing bee temperament - TBA

• Uniting colonies - TBA

• Preparing for Winter – TBA

See Side Menu for Directions to the Andy Kingman (Cowdown) and details of Activities Any meeting cancellations will be notified on this page

 

 Winter Lecture Programme and Beginners' Courses

Andover BKA Winter Meetings and Beginners' Course will be held at Andover Community Church, Andover SP10 3JH starting at 7:00pm.This venue is just off the Folly roundabout. Anyone who would ike to learn more about beekeeping is most welcome to attend, but please contact the membership secretary beforehand if possible - details can be found on the Contacts page

Note: where Zoom is shown it will be a dual presentation with the hall also used.

Date                                  Speaker                                            Subject                                                                Presentation            

 

 

Bee Keeping Introductory Training 2024

The next course will commence in January 2024 with details and the opportunity to enrol available from next October. Should you wish for further information, to join the Andover Association or to be advised when opportunities for enrolment will be open then please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The training over seven one-hour sessions (Tuesday evenings between January through to the end of March) will take you through basic steps which will lead to important practical experience learning at our Andy Kingman (Cowdown) apiary under the guidance of experienced bee keepers. All theory sessions will be held in the Picket Piece village hall from 1930 hours and will last for approximately one hour each; a notebook and pencil, advisable.

                                                                                  

 

     Date                                                 Topic                                                                        Location

9th January                             Beekeeping and natural history                                 Picket Piece Village Hall

16th January                           Equipment and forage                                               Picket Piece Village Hall

23rd January                          The beekeeping year                                                 Picket Piece Village Hall

13th February                         Colony management                                                 Picket Piece Village Hall

20th February                         Disease and colony health                                        Picket Piece Village Hall

27th February                         Swarms, queens and mating flights                          Picket Piece Village Hall

12th March                              Sympathetic Beekeeping                                          Picket Piece Village Hall

26th March                              Practical evening                                                      Picket Piece Village Hall

                                               - The swarm line

                                              -  Smoker use

                                              -  Frame building

                                              -  Practical equipment

                                              -  Useful aids and accessories

                                              -  Health and safety

April 2024 onwards                Hands-in practical sessions                                   The Andy Kingman(Cowdown) apiary

          

                                                                                                                   

From the beginning of April and subject to weather training will transfer to the Andy Kingman (Cowdown) apiary where beginners will be assigned a working hive to manage and develop in the expectation that colony can be split with ultimately it can be removed from site to the beginner’s own apiary the following Spring. Beginners are encouraged to participate in this programme to develop and enhance their own skills under the guidance of experienced beekeepers.

The course is open to all ages without any necessary experience and certainly no test! The cost of the course will include the textbook appropriate for the course.

 

   REQUIREMENTS: Notebook and pencil.

COST: Individuals - £60.00 including course textbook with a second joint/partner at £40.00 but sharing the course textbook.

Please do not buy anything yet as there is a lot of unnecessary and useless stuff out there waiting for the unwary.

COURSE REGISTRATION OPENS: October 2023

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