Master Beekeepers in Hampshire

Hampshire currently has 5 Master Beekeepers:

Christine Coulsting Romsey & District Beekeepers’ Association
James Donaldson Fleet Beekeepers’ Association
Angela Gales New Forest Beekeepers’ Association
John Hanks Romsey & District Beekeepers’ Association
Thomas A Salter Andover Beekeepers’ Association

A Master Beekeeper is someone who has gained the BBKA Advanced Theory Certificate by passing all 7 BBKA written modules and has also passed the BBKA Advanced Husbandry Certificate.

It is a great achievement. The written modules cover a broad range of bee-related topics; a candidate who has passed all 7 modules has shown a thorough understanding of bees and beekeeping.
The Advanced Husbandry qualification is tested in person by a panel of experts and covers lecturing, manipulations, bee diseases including microscopy, queen rearing, and an interview.

Beekeeping Items For Sale

In a normal year, Meon Valley Beekeeping Association organises a popular Beekeeping Auction. This could not happen in 2020 because of the Covid-19 pandemic so it has been suggested that this website could include a ‘For Sale’ page.
The following links will take you to Hampshire local association web pages that list members’ items for sale:

  • (No links provided yet – please come back later)

NOTE: When buying secondhand hives or parts, you MUST assume the worst and sterilise them thoroughly to destroy all pathogens. Please read the National Bee Unit Fact Sheet about Hive Cleaning and Sterilisation

Covid-19 update 30 July 2020

You will be aware that most events and meetings in the UK have been cancelled as from 16 March 2020 to prevent the spread of this virus. If you plan to attend any beekeeping event, please check with the organisers for up-to-date information.

BBKA have published some helpful advice which can be accessed by clicking here

Please also read Government guidelines and the BeeBase bulletin and advice pages

In a nutshell, we must continue to tend our bees within the constraints of social distancing; alone, or with another member of the same household.

If this means that you cannot care for your bees please let your association know how they can help.

Swarm collection continues but within the constraints of social distancing. If you cannot take the swarm without keeping the safe 2 meter distance, you must let the swarm go.

HBA Honey Show 2020 has had to be postponed for a year. For latest news about our 2020 Convention please click here

Introduction to beekeeping

Would you like to become a beekeeper? Are you interested in what honey bees need?

Come and find out more including:

  • what bees need
  • some key choices for beekeepers
  • a beginner’s guide to keeping bees through the year
  • main beekeeping pests and diseases
  • some key products from the hive
  • a practical session with the bees

To find out more contact Louise Evans on 01489 781155 or by email
or at Meridian Beekeepers’ Association website

There are 2 options:

Date Monday 6 January to 10 February then 2 March (7 sessions) 2020 and a practical session, date TBA
Time 7.15-9.15pm. weekly
Cost £95
Venue Curdridge Reading Rooms, Reading Room Lane, Curdridge, Southampton SO32 2HF
Date Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 March then 25 April 2020
Time 9.45-4 pm.
Cost £95
Venue Curdridge Reading Rooms, Reading Room Lane, Curdridge, Southampton SO32 2HF

What have students said about the course?
‘excellent course- Informative and with humour and honesty- very keen for the next step’
‘Great teacher- very engaging! : lots of information – could course be slightly longer?’
‘Thank you for re-energising me with my beekeeping’
‘I look at dandelions in lawns with new eyes’

Local Association News

Catch up with events organised by Hampshire beekeepers by checking local associations’ websites. You can find local associations here.
You may find some events to the left of this page under “Upcoming events”.
Association secretaries – please contact the HBA webmaster or secretary if you would like to add your association’s event to this website.