R&DBKA

Romsey and District Beekeepers' Association

Welcome to our website
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Romsey & District Beekeepers' Association has members in Broughton and Stockbridge to the north, eastwards to Chandlers Ford and the outskirts of Southampton, and west towards the New Forest.
It is a small, friendly association meeting on the third Wednesday evening of each month through winter, and the third Sunday afternoon of each month through summer.

We are fortunate in having several very experienced beekeepers among us, and always welcome newcomers and beginners warmly.
Romsey's Weather
Click for the weather forecast for Romsey. Check the forecast for the coming week to be ahead of your bees
Beekeeping for Beginners - our courses
Our Beginners' Course on 27-28 April 2019 was fully booked by the end of 2018. If you would like to be notified when we set the date for 2020, or if you would like further information, please email gillian.j.bird@btinternet.com
Advice about Stings?
Click for advice and information about bee stings.
What to do if you find a swarm of honey bees
Picture of a swarm
 
A swarm of honey bees is natural but can appear frightening.
A swarm leaves the hive like a swirling cloud of bees, then settles in a distinctive cluster for a few hours (up to a few days) while scout bees search for a new, permanent home; then they fly away.
The bees are rarely aggressive but must be not disturbed. Keep a good distance, and SEEK ADVICE.
Click on this picture for more information and to find people who can help.
Bees are most likely to swarm on a warm, sunny afternoon in spring or summer.
Asian hornets - PLEASE READ THIS whether you are a beekeeper or not!
Picture of an Asian hornet
 
The Asian hornet (Vespa velutina) is a non-native species that is invading Europe, having been introduced by accident in the south of Framce a few years ago. It is prolific and in September 2018 it was found in Hampshire. Our rivers provide a perfect pathway for its progress through the county.
A nest of Asian hornets will quickly decimate a colony of honeybees but ALL species of insect are at risk as this predator has no particular preference.
Click here for the National Bee Unit web pages about this pest, or Click on the image for further details on this website. Both describe how to report sightings.
The Asian hornet is a notifiable pest. On no account should you disturb an Asian hornet nest, nor release a trapped Asian hornet.
Click to download the National Bee Unit's "Asian Hornet Watch" app on Android or iPhone