Welcome to the Andover and District Beekeepers Association (ABKA) website.
ABKA 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 (www.beetalk.org.uk)
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.
We look forward to meeting you or helping with your enquiry as an Andover resident, with an interest in bees!
Winter Lecture Programme and Beginners' Courses
Andover BKA Winter Meetings and Beginners' Course will be held at Picket Piece Village Hall, Walworth Road, Andover SP11 6LY starting at 7:30pm prompt. 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
Association Winter Meetings
Tuesday 5th February
Presenter - Vita Europe, Basingstoke - mite control and honeybee health specialist
Subject - Product Development for Bee Health. Plus opprotunities for questions such as 1. 'Formic acid (MAQS) versus thymol (Apiguard) for chemical Varroa control'. 2. 'Apistan efficacy versus use of pyrethroid based sprays due to increased use of sprays to control flea beetle on Ooil seed rape'.
Tuesday 5th March
Presenter - Norman Carreck, Carreck Consultancy University of Susssex
Subject - Scietific progress in the arena of improving honey bee lifelong health
Tuesday 26th March
Presenter - Mic Laird
Subject - An alternative approach to beekeeping
Beginers Course Dates and Content for Winter 2018/19
To be held at Picket Piece Village Hall at 7:30pm
Tuesday 27th November - Introduction
Tuesday 11th December - Natural History of the Honey Bee - Jim Stuart
Tuesday 15th January - Equipment and Forage - Mike Barrie
Tuesday 22nd January - Colony Management - Rob Hall
Tuesday 12th February - Diseases and Colony Health - Jim Stuart
Tuesday 19th February - Bee Keeping Year - Jolyon Pope
Tuesday 12th March - Swarms, Queens and Mating Flights - Mike Barrie
Tuesday 19th March - Practical
Summer: Association Apiary meetings, and work with mentors to prepare you for keeping bees when you are ready to do so.
History and natural history of the honey bee
Equipment used in beekeeping, and Forage
Invertebrates generally; placing the honey bee into context
Colony management, inspections, neighbours and apiaries
Diseases, pests and problems
Queen bees, the management of swarms, managing apiaries
The beekeeping year including, honey processing -- extracting, filtering, storing, and eating your first jar!
Winter work and putting kit together
REQUIREMENTS. Notebook and pencil.
COST £60 - we will buy you the latest beekeeping book for homework plus a hive tool. Please do not buy anything yet as there is a lot of unnecessary and useless stuff out there waiting for the unwary.