• December In the Apiary

                                                                                                                              Jeremy Quinlan If you treated with thymol in August, I hope you mean to follow up with a dose of oxalic acid this month when the opportunity presents. What to do now Continue to heft; better with a luggage scale, weigh first one side, then the other, add the weights together and note the total. Check entrances are clear. Fresh debris on mite check boards will tell you that all is well. The queen will start laying as the day length increases, and when she does the bees need to provide a warm brood nest of 35°C, so food is consumed at an ever-increasing rate...
  • Honey Labelling Petition

    There are resources available for Associations to use to help share details of the petition. I am writing to ask all Associations and their members to support our new honey petition which calls on the Government to change the Honey labelling rules so consumers can easily recognise all countries of origin of the honey contained in a jar sold here in the UK. Following our members' propositions and direction at the 2021 ADM, this is the second honey petition in our efforts to maintain pressure on the government to address this important issue. If you signed the first petition, please be sure to sign this one too. The important underlying issue here is ‘Funny’ Honey - i.e  honey that has not necessarily involved a honeybee collecting nectar, processing and storing in the hive.   Supermarket own-label honey can be bought for as little as 69p a jar. Although supermarkets say every jar of honey is “1...
  • Microscopy Training Courses

    Beginners Course - Saturday 11th February 2023 Beginners Course - Sunday 12th February 2023 Intermediate Course - Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th February 2023 Book a place
  • Christmas Gifts

  • Winter Planting for Bees

    Winter does not seem a good time to be talking about flowers and bees:  our honey bees spend much of their time hunkered down in their cluster and the wild bees are either hidden away in their nests or hibernating.  On warmer days, when the sun shines, however, our bees will come out and fly round close to their hives, mainly on cleansing flights.  At this time they really appreciate some flowers to sip nectar from and it gives us a great deal of pleasure to see them. During the depths of Winter a cheery sight is Mahonia x media, a useful, very tough, shrub covered in large spiky evergreen leaves and carrying clumps of long racemes of bright yellow flowers.  Different varieties flower at slightly different times, starting in late November and carrying on until the early Spring.  They are very attractive to bees, and also scented. Mahonia can get quite large but another much smaller shrub is the Winter Box (Sarcococca humilis).  This has very inconspicuous...
  • Spring Convention 2023

    BBKA Spring Convention 2023 Following on from the successful return to a face-to-face Convention in 2022, we are planning an even bigger event, with plenty of lectures,  yet more practical workshops, the not-for-profit area where you’ll find the BBKA trustees and staff, and the customary (Saturday only)  Trade Show with short presentations adjacent in Speakers Corner.  The Convention is held across the campus and the atmosphere is  as sociable as you wish, with places to have coffee and catch up with friends, and the opportunity to meet beekeepers you don’t know too! Stewarding at the event is a good way of meeting people and getting to know the event. For more information please click here Ticket sales open at Noon on 30th January.   5 good reasons to visit the BBKA Spring Convention 1. Great lecture programme for all beekeepers 2. Practical workshops to learn new skills 3. Amazing bargains to...
  • Norman Chapman

    1924 to 2022 Dad was born and raised in Beckenham, Kent, the youngest of five. His older brother was killed during the war; he had three older sisters. When he was 12 years old, he watched from his bedroom window as the Crystal Palace burned down.  From school he had a tool making apprenticeship, then was called up to the RAF during the second world war but demobbed before completing navigator training.  He then studied as an electronics engineer.  His background supported his interest in adapting and developing all the gadgets he needed for his beekeeping, and resulted in him collecting the ideas, tips and tricks together for his first book “Constructive Beekeeping” which I edited and published. He commented that it was the sort of book he wished he’d had when starting beekeeping. After the end of the war, two of his sisters had a double wedding where he met his wife, Joan, my mother.  She and Connie, one of Dad’s sisters had been poste...
  • November In The Apiary

                                                                                                                              Jeremy Quinlan The beekeeper’s most important November activity is the winter treatment of Varroa. Professor David Evans, a virologist at St Andrew’s University who blogs as The Apiarist, has covered the subject in detail; much of what follows is taken from his...
  • Our President presents jar of honey to the King

    Friday 21 October 2022  Happy National Honey Day! BBKA President Anne Rowberry went to London yesterday and presented a jar of honey to the King.  She presented herself to security at the side entrance to Buckingham Palace and asked if she could take her jar of honey in? After explaining who she was one of the security team decided to call the office and was told to admit her. She met a member of the King's household who assured her that the head of household would make sure the jar along with a short note about National Honey Day was on King Charles III's breakfast table in the morning.  As Anne exited the palace, the police officer who had tried to send her away explained that in 23 years nobody except her had been allowed to give their gift to staff.  Anne then went to the House of Commons to present another jar of honey to her constituency MP Wera Hobhouse.  She was still in question time so we toured the halls and even went through the tunnel to W...
  • First National Honey Day

    Tuesday 18th October 2022  The British Beekeepers' Association (BBKA) is celebrating the first National Honey Day on Friday 21st October when we are encouraging people to buy a jar of local honey, produced by bees here in the UK.  Not only do we want to ensure people are aware of all the benefits honey provides but we are seeking to celebrate the pleasure of eating honey.  Honey has been enjoyed all over the world for centuries, it was found in the Egyptian tombs and is often depicted being collected by bees in ancient cave drawings.  We want friends and families to share pictures of themselves on social media with their honey and to show us how they like to use it. On toast, in porridge, baking cakes or perhaps making mead and cosmetics with honey? BBKA President, Anne Rowberry, says: “We are keen for the public to know where their honey originates and buying local honey means they know the area where the bees have been working. Local honey sh...

The Association's apiary in North Shropshire


The Association maintains an apiary at an organic farm in North Shropshire. We hold regular meetings at the apiary during the summer, where members old and new can gain experience in handling bees.

Our Vision

visionWe encourage and develop
the art and science of bee keeping

visionWe strive to educate
Through group meetings, practical out apiary events and educational support 


The North Shropshire Beekeepers' Association - to encourage and develop the art and science of bee keeping