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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
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.
We have 28 guests and no members online
"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.