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The Portsmouth Beekeepers’ Association exists to promote the craft of beekeeping and increase public awareness of bees and their contribution to the ecology around Portsmouth in Hampshire, UK.
John Geden, this years swarm collector, has posted a message on our Facebook site.
"Would you be interested in working with me to start a local Asian Hornet Action Group?
My plan is to gather a selection of beekeepers from several local associations together, to work as a collective.
I was thinking Portsmouth, Fareham & Gosport, Chichester and maybe Meon Valley as well.
I know a local bee farmer in Gloucester and he runs a business about the same size as mine and, like me, keeps a foot in both the BFA and BBKA camps. He has done the same thing and is applying for funding for things like an infra red camera which has been shown in the Channel Islands to have great capability to locate nests.
I thought this was a good idea and think it would be worth replicating in this area.
The first thing would be to get some training and hold an awareness day."
Regards Rita Perry
Membership Sec. PDBKA
The winter beekeeping course begins on the 18th January 2019 and runs for eight weeks until the 8th March 2019. It will also include an additional one or two sessions later in the year at the PDBKA out apiary, to get you used to the idea of handling bees. The course will be held on a Friday evening at Portchester Community Centre in Westlands Grove, Portchester PO16 9AD and will run from 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm.
Our winter course for beginners is being run by John Perry who has been keeping bees for some years. He has several apiaries of his own which he runs with the help of his wife, Rita. He has previously been swarm co-ordinator for the Portsmouth Beekeepers, and also holds the position of Deputy Chairman for our club.
The course is aimed primarily at new beekeepers, novice beekeepers or anyone who has bees and has never done a theory course. Whilst the course is mainly theory there is also some practical work. The course is based around the British Beekeepers Basic Assessment Syllabus and whilst we do not expect you to take the exam on completion of the course it will ensure that you have all the knowledge you need to become a competent beekeeper. It will also give you the opportunity to talk to experienced beekeepers and meet like-minded people at the same level as yourselves and share your experiences with them.
Bookings for the course are now being taken and places will then be allocated on a first come, first served basis. There is a limit on the number of people we can accommodate and we are usually over - subscribed. You do not need to be a member of the Portsmouth and District Beekeepers Association to attend. The cost for non- members is £55.00 and for existing members is £40.00
To obtain a booking form or if there is anything else you would like to know please contact me.
Beekeeping is the maintenance of honey bee colonies in hives, in order to collect honey and beeswax, this maybe for the purpose of pollinating crops, or to produce honey for sale. A location where bees are kept is called an apiary. The technical name for beekeeping is apiculture, based on the word "apis" which is the latin term for bees. Through their membership in the association, beekeepers enjoy:
We are currently numbering around 125 registered, partner and country members and we are affiliated to Hampshire Beekeepers Association and the British Beekeepers Association.
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"The majority of beekeepers do not give sufficient insulation and no beekeeper ever gave too much " Everertt Phillips Franklin
PDBKA currently has around 149 Members.
September to April meetings will be held in the larger room, at the Porchester Parish Hall, on the fourth TUESDAY of each month.