Welcome to South Staffordshire and District Beekeepers Association website
If you have come to this site looking for help with a swarm or identifying bees please follow this link
If you are here to find out about courses and having an introduction to beekeeping click here.
If you are interested in joining us click here
Hopefully you will find what you are looking for but if not please contact us by clicking here
Asian Hornet Week 6th -10th September
Local Asian Hornet page here
Annual BBKA Hornet & Wasp Photo Competition is currently running.
Full details can be found on our website
Bee Experience Days are back.…
The next Honey Bee Experience Day is on Sunday 19th September 2021 starting at 12.00 noon at our Shugborough Apiary. The cost is £60 for the session. Please ring either the Chairman or the Secretary to book a place or for more information.
For more information, please contact:
Alan Greenman, Chairman – 07803 432599; email: email@example.com
Ed Bennett, Secretary – 07980 295981
BIBBA.COM where there are lots of Webinars and Zoom meetings to sort a wide range of beekeeping interests and abilities.
And the Dave Cushman website. Now owned and run by Roger Patterson. Click here
The SSDBKA AGM was held on Thursday 28th of March and the following were elected to form the new committee:
- President: Stuart Roberts
- Chair: Alan Greenman
- Treasurer: Julie Hamer
- Secretary: Ed Bennett
Additional Committee members
There are currently spaces on the committee which can be filled by coopting additional members if required.
- Claire George – (Membership)
- Clive Stewart – (AHAT)
- Vacant – (Apiary Coordinator)
- Vacant – (Events Coordinator)
- Dayna White – (Quartermaster)
- Phil Atkin – (Events)
- Jo Berriman – (Comms)
- Russell Barlow – (Health & Safety)
Committee meets up to 10 times a year as required.
A place has become vacant on committee, anyone interested in finding out more and getting involved please contact:
Include “Committee vacancy” in the subject.
New pages recently added or updated:
- Newsletter :Latest Newsletter added to Library
- Product Reviews : Latest new page
- Committee Minutes : Latest minutes added
- Api-Bioxal instructions : Instructional video and powerpoint on using Api Bioaxal
- Members Apiaries : For the nosey beekeeper!
- Members Services : SSDBKA Shop!
- Amazon Smile : Fund raising for a new marquee at Shugborough
- Q&A: Recordings of the Zoom Q&A sessions for those who missed them live
- Caring for a Poly hive or Nucleus: New! help with care and repair of poly hives
Preparing for Winter!
Yes its that time of year again, the bees rushing around trying to to fill every cell with honey, beekeepers rushing around removing any “surplus” honey, assessing the strength of colonies, and stores. The bees are on the Balsam, the Ivy is already flowering in some parts of the County, some colonies are becoming more defensive, wasps are active and the nights are drawing in!
So here are a few things for your beekeeping ToDo list.
- Remove any surplus supers
- Compress super frames into one super if possible
- Consider if a super of food will be left on over winter
- Consider if the super will be “under” or “over” supered.
- Prepare to apply Varroa treatments
- Prepare for feeding if required
- Check and clean feeders
- Prepare heavy syrup or order proprietary feeds such as Ambrosia
- Make sure appropriate crowns boards, ekes etc. are available on all hives
- Consider weather proofing hives
- Consider if additional insulation is required
- Assess colonies and consider uniting, throwing out, or downsizing to nucs for any smaller colonies
- Plan when to remove queen excluders
- Check out BBKA website in the Resources Section, a number of new publications available including: BBKA News – Natural Varroa-Resistant Honey Bees – NEW, BBKA News – Integrated Pest Management – NEW.
- Any other suggestions gratefully received!
Member Services Open for Business.
Just 3 Remaining….
Visit Member Services page for items the Association has on offer, including the cap!
So you Want to be a beekeeper?
Currently all courses are cancelled until the Corvid 19 situation is clarified. We hope to resume our programme of training next year.
2021/22 Beekeeper training opportunities here
Images from the 2019 course at last the beginners course members got to delve into to mysteries of a colony of bees.
Shugborough apiary hits the News!
Follow the link above to find out what the Shropshire has to say about beekeeping thanks to our chair Alan Greenman.