The Association is a registered charity that is affiliated to the British Beekeepers Association (“BBKA”) as an Area member. Members of ABKA with bees are automatically registered with BBKA.
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Welcome to Avon Beekeepers Association (“ABKA”)
"The Association is established to advance the science of Apiculture and to promote and foster the education of the public therein. The Association may co-operate with bodies with kindred interests and make appropriate affiliations in order to achieve this”.
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There are five branches in Avon Beekeepers Associations that serve beekeepers in Bath and Bristol and their surrounding districts and the local authority areas of BANES and N. Somerset.
BS21-26, BS29, and BS49
To obtain an idea of the postal districts each branch serves press the button below the branch label to get postal districts of many members of each branch here:
Each branch is a thriving local community of beekeepers complete with their own apiaries and website.
For branch websites click the branch labels.
BS1 to 6, BS10 to 16, BS20, BS27, BS32, and BS34 to 37
BA2, BS3 to 4, BS14-16, BS30, BS31, BS37, and BS39
Even though you may not live in the postal districts mentioned you may join any of the branches.
BA1 to 3, BA11-15, BS30, BS31, BS37, BS39, SN13, and SN14
BS20-21, BS24-28, BS34, BS40, BS48, and BS49
Each Hive gives the location of the meeting place used by a branch during the winter months.
The Map of ABKA
Avon Beekeepers includes the administrative areas of North Somerset, Bristol, and Bath & North East Somerset
Here is a map of the area covered by Avon Beekeepers.
Give the swarm manager a phone number to contact you to let you know of any updates and for the swarm collector to contact you while collecting the bees.
local swarm collection managers
This may seem strange but beekeepers can only collect honeybees. They will not normally deal with anything else. A large cluster of insects about the size of a football hanging or surrounding something say a branch, is likely to be a colony of such bees, especially if you have earlier seen a large cloud of flying insects.
Insects going in and out from the eves of a roof are more likely to be wasps.
Large furry insects coming from a hole or cluster in a tree are likely to be bumblebees.
Welcome to Avon Beekeepers Association
Swarm Collection Facility
We have dedicated swarm collection managers that have a list of local beekeepers available for collecting swarms. If you have a swarm, please use the button on the left to contact the swarm manager on duty; do not contact individual beekeepers directly. Whilst beekeepers in general collect swarms as a service, not using a swarm manager has in the past overloaded members that have limited time and resources at their disposal.
Are they in a visible cluster?
check list to help in swarm collection
Bees swarm and then form a temporary cluster while scout bees look for a permanent home. This can take from a couple of hours to a few days, but typically takes 1-2 days. Bees tend to swarm late morning or early afternoon on sunny days. Ideally the beekeeper will collect the swarm and place it into a temporary hive, leaving it until dusk to ensure bees have returned before removing it.
How long have they been there?
Remember to describe where the bees are and how the beekeeper can access the bees.
but remember to return to continue !
Can the beekeeper access the bees?
This is important to the person collecting the bees; In this state they are often easy to collect. Once they have found an enclosed place like an empty disused chimney they are difficult to extract alive, especially if they have been there for more than a few hours.
Are they Honeybees?
BBKA bee identification tips
Can the beekeeper contact you ?
01934 518 014 07847 015 155
Swarm Managers List
01179 445 741
(Tree Bumble Bee)
07788 497 996
01934 822 210 07976 637 131
<== A swarm of bees not to be confused with:
07720 321 627
Spring Day School
Each year the association puts on a day of talks, usually on a Saturday, for beekeepers and anybody interested in beekeeping. You can spend a whole day learning about recent developments in beekeeping and other beekeeping subjects.
More on 20017 Agenda and talk….
Each branchruns own local programs of events
More on 2017 talks and booking….
As is customary the AGM has a topical talk on some important aspect of beekeeping followed by the administrative meeting where members have a chance to have their say and vote on any changes to the society. The five branches take turns to host the event.
You will need to attend all three parts of the course but can choose either the Saturday or the Sunday session of each weekend on a first-come, first-served basis! Numbers are limited, so please book early.)
SESSION 1: Saturday 18th March 2017
SESSION 2: Saturday 25th March 2017
SESSION 3: Saturday 1st April 2017
10.00am – 3.30pm
Our 'Introduction to Beekeeping' course will follow the syllabus developed by BBKA, the British Beekeeping Association, to provide newly interested ones with a basic knowledge of the skills and husbandry involved in beekeeping. It will be delivered over three consecutive weekends by qualified and experienced BBKA members in our newly located Teaching Apiary classroom on Park Farm at Newton St Loe, Bath.
Drinks and snacks are provided, please bring a packed lunch.
All attendees are invited to experience hands-on beekeeping during session 3 of the course, weather permitting!
Introduction to Beekeeping – 3 Day Course
Sunday 19th March 2017, 10am - 3.30pm
Sunday 26th March 2017, 10am - 3.30pm
Sunday 2nd April 2017, 10am - 3.30pm
Bath Beekeepers Teaching Apiary Park Farm Colliers Lane Newton St Loe Bath, BA2 9JA
Prior booking is essential so please contact our Apiary Secretaries:
Pete & Monica Davis
Telephone: 01225 852159
email Pete & Monica
<= or get an application form from the Bristol site
27th January, 3rd and 10th February: 10.00 am - 5.30 pm
Venue: Redland Green Bowling Club
Redland, Bristol BS6 7HE
Course fee £75
This course is for those who are seriously interested in taking up beekeeping. It aims to provide sufficient information about bees and beekeeping for the beginner in readiness to work with bees. The course addresses how best to care for the bees, the equipment needed, the year's tasks in the apiary, extracting and preparation of honey products and responsibility to the public. There will be no live bees on the course.
Later in the year participants will have the opportunity to visit an apiary to look into hives with an experienced beekeeper and gain some hands-on experience with bees.
2018 “Introduction to Beekeeping”
A Course over 3 Saturdays –
Several pubs and cafes nearby serve food if you do not wish to bring your own packed lunch (tea, coffee & biscuits provided).
For details of the course and an application form please contact Penny Thorne,
N Somerset Course
The courses aim to provide the beginner with the information required to start keeping honey bees. Students who attend will then be ready to start on the practical side of the craft of beekeeping with an understanding the work needed over the year.
All courses are technical courses for those seriously interested in taking up beekeeping as a hobby. They are not suitable for those with a more casual interest. Places are strictly limited. The lecturers are all experienced beekeepers.
N Somerset Branch
Some details of finnished introductory courses for this year have been left on the site as a guide to probable courses next year.
Introduction to Beekeeping
The advantages of being a member
Members of the executive
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Here you have recommended books on beekeeping and where to get them.
A brief description of beekeeping activities throughout the year for you to see what is involved.
Beekeeping Equipment Suppliers
where you can go to browse, buy and borrow things for beekeeping your own bees.
Here you can find ponters to and advice on matters to do with keeping bees.