Beekeeping for most of us, is our hobby. We meet indoors during the winter months where we have talks and discussions. During the summer months we tend our bees, and meet at local apiaries to discuss what we have seen during bee inspections, and any local and national news that might affect our beekeeping. These summer meetings usually culminate in the drinking of tea & coffee and the consumption of cakes and sandwiches.
Why join a Beekeeping association?
At North Herts Beekeepers, you will have access to hundreds of years of beekeeping knowledge and experience. The association also has a number of apiaries where you can keep a hive or hives, as most of us do not have gardens of sufficient size, or neighbours accommodating enough to allow us to keep bees at home.
We have some of the more expensive equipment like extractors and settling tanks that you can loan, so no need to go buy expensive equipment up front. We also run “How to use” sessions so that you know you won’t ruin your bees hard work by using the equipment wrong.
Members also enjoy insurance cover for their bees against disease, through affiliation to the BBKA, as well as help and assistance in all beekeeping pursuits. We also run a scheme of mentoring for new beekeepers, where an experienced beekeeper will be available for the newcomer to contact and discuss any issues or worries that they might have concerning their bees.
If you think you might have an interest and would like to find out more, contact the secretary for more information, and perhaps you can come along to a meeting and experience the bees first hand. We have a number of protective beesuits available for you to borrow.
We are also present at shows, large and small, around the area. Check out the calendar page, and perhaps we will see you there.
Here at North Herts Beekeepers we have nominated for 2018 Bees Abroad as our supported charity. They are UK beekeepers and supporters who work as volunteers worldwide to reduce poverty. They work with overseas partners to equip low-income communities with beekeeping skills to generate income, improve their environment and crops through pollination, and learn the necessary business skills to make their enterprises sustainable and profitable. For more information on the wonderful work, please visit them at http://beesabroad.org.uk