The Brighton and Lewes Division of the Sussex Beekeepers Association is open to anyone interested in beekeeping. We cover an area of Sussex ranging from Portslade in the west to Newhaven in the east and as far north as Haywards Heath. Our membership consists of beginners, who are most welcome, as well as old-timers full of wisdom and help! We aim to promote the interest in beekeeping and provide ways and means of teaching the art as well as educate the wider public on all things bees.

Examining a frame of bees
Examining a frame of bees.

There are about 18 meetings each year of which 12 or so are out-doors, visiting our own apiaries as well as those of members. During the winter there are six indoor meetings with talks, discussion and plenty of tea, coffee and good company. Managed by members the Division has three main out-apiaries: our main one is near Barcombe, with others at Burgess Hill (Grassroots) and elsewhere. They are important for teaching the science, art and craft of beekeeping as well helping our funds through the sale of honey produced during the year.

If you are interested in joining then pop along to a meeting and introduce yourself. You can download a membership form here: as a pdf or as a word file. Membership fee increases are as a result of the BBKA increasing the capitation fees effective October 22021, which B&L must unfortunately pass on to the membership.

Honey repleat with Hibiscus nectar
Honey replete with Hibiscus nectar ready to leave.
Honey drinking Hibiscus nectar
Honey deep inside a flower of Hibiscus syriacus drinking its nectar in early September

Taster/Basic Bee Keeping Courses
For those interested in training and learning the art/craft of beekeeping details will be posted as and when available.

Members Only Area
Members can access the latest newsletter and details of the out-apiaries from the Members Area – see side menu. For password and user name contact Gerald Legg.

Pollen Identification

You can find a lot of published information on identifying pollen and pollen loads both in books and on line. The Sheffield Beekeepers have a very simple but useful interactive chart which is well taking a look at.

South East Region Annual Reports
The National Bee Unit, SE Region has produced the South East Region Annual Reports  which can be downloaded from their site. They make interesting reading. The latest, 2020 is available here.

Bumbles Bees
If you have bumblebees and want to know what to do, or not do, see Bumblebees.

Seasonal Bee Inspector
Our Seasonal Bee Inspector is Diane Steele, 07775119452

Our thanks to Sussex Community Foundation for the allocation of a Grassroots Grant, the Co-operative for a grant from their Community Fund and Waitrose for their Community Funding.

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