R&DBKA

Romsey and District Beekeepers' Association

Welcome to our website
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Romsey & District Beekeepers' Association is a small, friendly association that welcomes newcomers and beginners.
We meet on the fourth Wednesday evening from October to March, the third Sunday afternoon from April to September.
Asian hornets - PLEASE READ THIS!
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The Asian hornet is a non-native species. A nest of Asian hornets will quickly decimate a colony of honeybees but ALL of our native species of insect are at risk. It was accidentally introduced to France in 2004 and is now throughout western Europe. There were 5 sightings in the UK in 2019. Our rivers provide a perfect pathway for its progress through the county. Click here for the National Bee Unit web pages about this pest, or Click on the image for further details on our website; both describe how to report sightings.
The Asian hornet is a notifiable pest. On no account should you disturb an Asian hornet nest or release a trapped Asian hornet.
Click to download the National Bee Unit's "Asian Hornet Watch" app on Android or iPhone
Beekeeping for Beginners - our Covid-19 version
Learn about beekeeping
Our 2-day course for beginners on 25-26 April 2020 has been CANCELLED because of the Covid-19 situation.
If you had enrolled, please check your emails for more information.
We have put together a distance learning package to replace this year's course, which will be safe and secure.
If you would like further information, please click here, or please email gillian.j.bird@btinternet.com
What to do if you find a swarm of honey bees
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A swarm of honey bees is natural but can appear frightening.
Click this picture to find help. A swarm leaves the hive like a swirling cloud of bees, settles in a cluster for a few hours (up to a few days) while scout bees search for a permanent home; then they fly away. Bees are most likely to swarm on a warm, sunny afternoon in spring or summer. They are rarely aggressive but must be not disturbed. Keep a good distance, and SEEK ADVICE. Click on the image to find out more.
Advice about Stings?
A honeybee will sting if she feels threatened. Human reaction to bee venom varies. Most people suffer a mild reaction but in the worst, thankfully rare cases it can be life-threatening. Click on the image to find out more.
Romsey's Weather
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Click this picture to check the local weather forecast. Keep ahead of your bees. Look out for foraging weather, bad weather, swarming weather, and more so that you can plan your beekeeping activities.