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.

Members at the Cooksbridge apiary
Members at the Cooksbridge apiary

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 pdf version of the form membership form here, or a Word document version here.

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

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. A very simple but useful interactive chart which is well taking a look at can be found here.

Bee face

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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