See the AGM and Honey Show in the Members' Area
We can offer some support via regular meetings, training or speakers who would be of interest to you, a bee question and answer session, perhaps a voice on the committee…
We are looking for people who have achieved their BBKA Basic Assessment, or above that experience of beekeeping. We want to provide and maintain a good and safe standard of beekeeping for our members.
What would it take for you to volunteer for mentoring? The initial offer is to meet, maybe for a cheeky shandy now and again. With an emphasis on mentoring our new beekeepers. The mentees would either, have done an Introduction to beekeeping or started a Novice beekeeping course.
We would like to recruit mentors to cover as much of our division as possible we cover an area of Sussex ranging from Portslade in the west to Newhaven in the east and as far north as Haywards Heath.
Message me if you want to be part of this initiative.
Meetings and Events 2021 - take a tour.
During lock down it is particularly important that beekeepers are especially responsible as we are in the swarming season and do not want swarms charging off and causing problems. Swarms can upset people at the best of times and be a nuisance, but now with social distancing etc. it is essential to minimise any risks to both beekeeper and members of the public. Check colonies and deal with any swarming as soon as possble.
Now, March, is the time when the Asian Hornet Queens come out to start building her nest to lay her eggs. If we have a change in the weather over 12º C for a few days they will come out provided the weather keeps dry and relatively warm.
Brighton and Lewes are very much aware that as we are close to ports both in Newhaven and Shoreham we could be next to have a hornet in our area.
If you have ivy then this time of the year you will see a rich array of visiting insects. Notable amongst these are wasps, hoverflies, other flies and the IVY BEE. Don't be alarmed, they are all going about their business exploiting this rich nectar source. You can find out more about the ivy bee here.
Some out-apiary meetings - enjoying the bees and learning what they are up to.