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Andover Beekeepers Association


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 ( and our association is one of the many that make up the Hampshire Beekeepers Association (

We meet every month 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!


Programme of Events

Winter Lecture Programme and Beginners' Courses

Andover BKA Lectures and Beginners' Course will be held at Picket Piece Village Hall, Walworth Road, Andover SP11 6LY starting at 7:30pm prompt

Anyone who would like 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 

Tuesday 10th January
Monthly meeting
Lecturer: Nigel Semmence
Subject: Asian Hornet 

Tuesday 7th February 
Monthly meeting
Lecturer: Ian Homer 
Subject: Preparing For Spring

Tuesday 7th March 
Monthly meeting
Lecturer: Brian Herbert
Subject: Preparing For Queen Rearing

Tuesday 4th April 
Monthly meeting
Lecturer: Dan Basterfield
Subject: Forage and Influence on Behaviour

Begginers Course Dates and Content for Winter 2016 

To be held at Picket Piece Village Hall at 7:30pm

Tuesday 29th November - Begginers 1 - Admin/Intro

Tuesday 13th December - Beginners 2 - Natural History 

Tuesday 17th January - Begginers 3 - Equipment and Forage

Tuesday 24th January - Beginners 4 - Colony Management

Tuesday 14th February - Beginners 5 - Natural Beekeeping 

Tuesday 28th February - Beginners 6 - Swarms, Queens and Mating Flights

Tuesday 14th March - Beginners 7 - Beekeeping Year

Tuesday 21st March - Begginers 8 - Diseases and Colony Health

Tuesday 25th April - Beginners 9 - Practical Session

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.


Did you know?

A swarm is a colony of bees that is on the move and looking for a new home.

They are only settled temporarily and unlikely to do any harm.

[read more here]

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