Looking for a volunteer to assist with swarm phone duty.  It would be best if it was someone who has a monthly allowance they don’t normally fill.


It is the prime swarming season, with this lovely warm weather being the time to move house. If you see a swarm in need of collection please ring us on 07531 901767 and we will send some one round to have a look.

Winchester BKA Skep-Making Day

Chris Park ( will be running a skep-making day for Winchester and District BKA at Beauworth village hall (6 miles east of Winchester) on Saturday 2 June (10am-4pm).  Places are currently available for members of other local associations.

People will be able to make about 1/3 of a skep on the day, and take away enough material to finish it off at home.  The cost is £35.00 (payable to WDBKA in advance), to include light refreshments; plus the cost of materials (about £15) and tools (£5-£7) to pay Chris Park on the day (ie the total cost will be around £55).    Tools can be borrowed for the day from Chris Park at no charge (eg for those who want to share the tools for finishing their skeps at home). You will need to bring a waterproof apron and a pair of scissors.

To reserve a place on the course please contact Richard Ray for details.

Apiary Cleaning & SCM

At 2pm the data protection amendment to the Constitution was passed unanimously, proposed by Peter Reader, seconded by Richard Williams and then the real work of the afternoon began.

The rain held off and eighteen members, new and old, made short work of the stacks of equipment laid out by the (I thought optimistic) Custodians.  Now the Apiary is set for the new season.  A big thank you to all who participated.


Unsung Hero award 2017

We took great pleasure in awarding our new Unsung Hero award to Greg for his sterling work as our Swarm Collection co-ordinator, among other important things. So next time you get a call to collect a swarm of bees, remember to thank Greg (oh, and get your name down ready for the season to come).