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 

 The Winter meetings schedule will for 2019/20 will be published later in the year

Apiary Visits  - Summer 2019

Alan Telfer - Saturday 29th June

Jim Stuart and Charles Crossthwaite-Eyre - Saturday 13th July 

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.

PLANNED CONTENT:
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.

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