Welcome to our website
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The Romsey District covers the lower Test Valley from Broughton and Stockbridge in the north, eastwards to Chandlers Ford, and west towards the New Forest.

It is rich in seasonal forage for our bees, with varied crops grown on farms and estates supplemented by the cultivated gardens in our towns and villages. This offers our bees a good diet of essential nectar and pollen.

We welcome members to our friendly monthly meetings, indoors in Romsey during winter and outside with the bees when they are flying.
What we do
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During summer we attend various village fetes and other events with our educational display, and we bring hive products such as honey and wax for sale.
Winter meetings take place from October to March on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30 in King John's House, Romsey (next to the Post Office).
From April to September we organise visits to members' apiaries. This gives beginners excellent experience of handling bees and improvers an opportunity to expand their knowledge, always working for the bees' benefit.
Please check our 'Events' page for details of our winter meetings and summer visits.
Beekeeping for Beginners - our courses
We will be running a 2-day course for beginners on 27-28 April 2019. Interest has been strong in previous yeas and the places filled quickly.
Those attending will learn about the amazing things that go on inside the hive and what a beekeeper does through the year, and will also have the opportunity to handle bees.
If you would like further information, please CLICK HERE
New to beekeeping in our area?
If you are about to start beekeeping in the Romsey area there are many reasons why you should join us!
  • All members receive our monthly newsletter, containing much practical information at local, national and international level
  • New beekeepers have access to experienced local beekeepers whose knowledge totals several centuries and who are pleased to share advice!
  • Experienced beekeepers new to this area will already know the benefits of belonging to the local association
  • RBKA owns specialised equipment for the processing of honey and wax for free loan to registered members
  • Membership of any local group always includes membership of the county group (Hampshire), the British Beekeeping Association and insurance cover
  • Click to find out more about joining Romsey & District Beekeepers
Asian hornets - PLEASE READ!
The Asian hornet is a non-native species that is invading Europe. In September 2018 it was found in Hampshire. Our rivers provide a perfect pathway for its progress through the county.

Click here for the government's dedicated webpage for latest sightings of this pest
 

Click on this picture for ESSENTIAL READING

about identification, monitoring and trapping
Swarms - what to do
A swarm of bees is natural but can appear frightening.
Don't panic. Left undisturbed, they may fly away when they have found somewhere to live. Keep a good distance, and SEEK ADICE.
 

Click on this picture

to find how to call the right people to help.
Advice about Stings?
Click for advice and information about bee stings.
Romsey's Weather
Click for the weather forecast for Romsey.
Check the forecast for the next 7 to 10 days to be ahead of your bees