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:

  • learning new skills and improving their knowledge of beekeeping through classroom and apiary meetings
  • socialising with a large group of people with similar interests at group held events throughout the year
  • membership of the county and national beekeeping associations
  • public liability cover and optional disease insurance cover for their beekeeping activities
  • access to association resources, training and an out apiary
  • equipment loans
  • a lending library
  • a BBKA Magazine covering the activities of the associations, hints and tips
  • Committee Meeting Minutes
  • free small ads on the website
  • online discussion facebook page

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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Varroa and Oxalic Acid Reasearch Paper Nov 2015


100 years of the PDBKA


"The majority of beekeepers do not give sufficient insulation and no beekeeper ever gave too much " Everertt Phillips Franklin

Worried about your hives? Talk to the Bee Health Advisor

Bee Inspector

Our seasonal Bee inspector is Daniel Etheridge This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Tel: 07979119370

 (Please do not call the inspectors about swarms as DEFRA do NOT collect swarms)


Loan Equipment

We have the following equipment available for loan to members Large honey extractor, Mini wax melter, Honey grading glasses, Honey settling tank, Electric de-capping knife and a selection of presentation material and bee suits for educational purposes. Contact David Nield or Cliff McGaughey

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