The SDBKA is a group of around 190 hobbyist beekeepers who meet regularly to discuss beekeeping matters and offer advice and support to fellow beekeepers.
In the autumn and winter months (September to March), we hold regular meetings on the third Wednesday of each month (except December), and in the spring and summer, we visit our Association and private apiaries, and attend flower and agricultural shows to encourage newcomers to the craft.
We hold an annual training course for members who are new to beekeeping, which takes place in the spring. We have just set up a new Association Apiary, which would have been the venue for the 2020 course, before Covid lockdown forced us to cancel. There was unprecedented demand for our 2020 course, and we are about to announce plans for the 2021 course, with online as well as practical components, which I hope will help as many new beekeepers as possible with training.
The SDBKA is managed by a committee of eleven members, who endeavour to arrange an interesting programme of winter talks and summer events. The Association was started by enthusiasts in 1907, and has links with other groups in surrounding Counties and with other associations through its membership of the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA). If you’re interested in joining us, you can find out more about our Full and Associate Membership options on our Membership page.
We encourage all our members keeping bees to register with BeeBase which is a national database used by the National Bee Unit for tracking and monitoring bee disease. Click here to access the registration documents and further details.
For now, we've moved our programme of autumn/winter meetings online. Members can join them using Zoom, and links and joining instructions will be e-mailed to members in advance of each meeting.
After two excellent talks in October and November, we look forward to Richard Noel's talk on Asian Hornets in February.
Recordings of talks are available on the members' area of the site, here.
Wednesday 21st October, 7.30pm – Stuart Roberts on 'Solitary Bees'
Wednesday 18th November, 7.30pm - Ged Marshall on 'Queen Rearing'
Wednesday 20th January, 7.30pm – AGM and members' evening
Wednesday 17th February, 7.30pm – Richard Noel on 'Asian Hornets'
Wednesday 17th March, 7.30pm – Kevin Thorn on 'The Simple Sustainable Apiary'