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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.
Asian Hornets - BBKA Report Sightings on the BBKA Website following this link.
On Friday 4th October 2019 an Aian Hornet nest was destroyed following the confirmed sighting near Christchurch, Dorset after it was reported by a member of the public. It is imperative that any Asian hornet colonies in the UK are detected and destroyed before queens are released. This is the time of year when colonies have been previously detected and we depend on alert beekeepers and members of the public to report sightings. As we have an abundant insect population, Asian hornets may not just be found in apiaries, they could also be at places where insects congregate – stands of ivy, for example, and on decaying fruit. At any sunny, warm period, take a little extra time – 20 minutes or more - to look around your apiary, any ivy and garden generally to help early detection of this alien insect.
While we and the insects are sheltering under cover in this wet weather, it may be worth your looking into a firm called Killgerm who supply the Asian Hornet Bait, Suterra, trade-marked Trappit - 5 litres £26 + VAT, 1 litre £7.20 + VAT
Inform your local garden centres, garden workers, allotment holders, tree surgeons and hedge cutters to be vigilant.
The winter beekeeping course begins on the 17th January 2020 and runs for eight weeks until the 6th March 2020. 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. 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 £50.00 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.
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"The majority of beekeepers do not give sufficient insulation and no beekeeper ever gave too much " Everertt Phillips Franklin
September to June meetings will be held in the larger room, at the Porchester Parish Hall, on the fourth TUESDAY of each month.