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.

 

Bee Keeping Introductory – 2024

The Andy Kingman (Cowdown) apiary is now open for practical training. Check when the next training session will happen by clicking on https:www.tinyurl.com/adbkacowdown. 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 -

• 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, Charlton  Road, Andover SP10 3JH  

Note that the hall will be open from 7.15pm for setting up with a start time of 7.30 for lectures/lessons. For the Honey Show/AGM the hall will be open from 6.30pm due to the additional admin required. 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            

03/09/2024                     Andy Pedley                                        Food Safety For Beekeepers                              Andover Community Church

01/10/2024                    Dr Gerry Brierley - tbc                          Secrets of Bee Warfare                                      Andover Community Church    

05/11/2024                             -                                                   Honey Show & AGM                                          Andover Community Church

03/12/2024                    Ken or Dan Basterfield                         Simple Queen Rearing                                      Andover Community Church

07/01/2025                    Mike Barry & Mike Withers                   Local Beekeeping Perspectives                        Andover Community Church

04/02/2025                    Barbara Dalby                                       Products of the Hive                                         Andover Community Church

04/03/20205                  Trisha Marlow                                       Into Africa: Beekeepers for Life,                        Zoom presentation

                                                                                                    enabling women in Beekeeping  

 

Apiary Visits 2024

Date

22/06/2024                               Alan Telfer - 8 Gilberts Green, SP9 7YD   

14/07/2024 (tbc)                      Nigel Armstrong

 

 

Bee Keeping Introductory Training 2025

The next course will commence in January 2025 with details and the opportunity to enrol available from October 2024. 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

21st January                           Equipment and forage                                               Andover Community Church

28th January                          The beekeeping year                                                 Andover Community Church

11th February                         Colony management                                                 Andover Community Church

18th February                         Disease and colony health                                        Andover Community Church

25th February                         Swarms, queens and mating flights                          Andover Community Church

11th March                              Natural Beekeeping                                                  Andover Community Church

25th March                              Practical evening                                                      Andover Community Church

                                               - The swarm line

                                              -  Smoker use

                                              -  Frame building

                                              -  Practical equipment

                                              -  Useful aids and accessories

                                              -  Health and safety

April 2025 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 2024

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