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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.
BBKA members wont get a card anymore you will get a receipt and Insurance certificate direct through the BBKA and this is your proof of membership.
Membership of Portsmouth and District Beekeeping Association is open to all persons interested in beekeeping and any activities associated with beekeeping. You do not have to own any hives if you cannot or do not want to, or feel you are not experienced enough yet in managing bees, but will be welcome to join us at our monthly meetings, field days and beekeeping courses.
If you do own hives you should of course belong to an association. The PDBKA would welcome your participation.
Membership fees for 2020 are :
The fees are made up of Portsmouth £4.00; BBKA £19.00; Insurance £2.00
All members receive the minutes of the monthly committee meeting and are kept informed, by e-mail, of all Activities and Field Days along with HBA and British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) Publications, BBKA Public Liability Insurance for swarm collection and product liability.
Membership Forms are available here:
The shop will be open on Sat Dec 14th from 10am to 12 noon at which there will be hot mulled wine and warm mince pies. There will be a full range of purchases available plus small packs of fondant and larger amounts if required. Get your Christmas Presents now.
The shop manager is Cliff McGaughey. The address is "The Skep", The Bastion, Portsmouth.
Please note, that for the winter period (October to March) the shop will not be routinely opened, but goods can be obtained by contacting Cliff as below. No money is ever left in the shop and the premisis are alarmed.
The shop will be opening every Saturday from late February until end of September between 10.00 and 11.00 a.m. There are good supplies of wax, jars etc. etc. so please do make use of this Club facility. The shop is for the benefit of all members, hopefully saving them long journeys to other suppliers or having to pay postage (as well as money on your purchases). Every effort will be made to keep prices as low as possible by making bulk purchases, so it’s up to you to let us know your requirements. At present the stock of some items is limited, but we do have plenty of frames and foundation in anticipation of the spring honey flow. So, the success of this venture is really up to you – your patronage is all that is needed, so I look forward to your orders.
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.
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PDBKA currently has around 149 Members.
"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.