The SDBKA is a group of over 160 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, typically 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 recently set up an Association Apiary at the Rifles Museum in Salisbury Cathedral Close, to help with training — particularly new beekeepers. This year we have run theory and practical demonstrations online, as well as practical hands-on sessions at the Association Apiary.
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.
We now have a provisional list of speaker evenings for the winter months 2022-23. We are looking into making these 'hybrid' meetings, with some of us meeting together and the speaker, and those who prefer, joining by Zoom.
As last year, we hope to make recordings of talks available on the members' area of the site, here.
Wednesday 21st September, 7.30pm – Peter and Barbara Darby on 'Producing products from the Hive'
Wednesday 19th October, 7.30pm – David Evans on 'DIY in Beekeeping'
Wednesday 16th November, 7.30pm – Julia Pigott on 'The Bees Needs'
Wednesday 18th January, 7.00pm – AGM, followed at 7.30pm by a talk by Martin Hann and Clare Densley on the history of beekeeping at Buckfast
Wednesday 15th February, 7.30pm – Lynne Ingram: 'Dance like nobody is Watching'
Wednesday 15th March, 7.30pm – Dr Tony Herbert on 'Selecting and breeding Varroa tolerant Bees'
LOCAL HONEY FOR SALE
If you are looking to buy local honey from our members, look no further! There's a list below of our members advertising their own honey currently for sale.
Where to get their Honey
Downlands, Mount Pleasant, Stoford, Salisbury
18 Norfolk Rd, Salisbury
Harnham ( 39 Bouchers Way)
Eastgates, Figsbury Rings, Salisbury
129 East Gomeldon Road, East Gomeldon
Ashley Cottage, Southampton Rd, Whaddon, Salisbury