The Association holds apiary meetings throughout the summer, and winter meetings with talks from October, normally the third Wednesday in the month (see Calendar).
Beekeeping is an ideal hobby for someone who has a little spare time and a great need to do something rewarding and even profitable. Mums at home with the children and early retirees are typical, although most people with a few hives still find time for work and leisure activities as well as beekeeping. If you like fresh air, a bit of adventure and have an interest in nature and conservation, it may be just the thing for you. It has all the interest and uncertainty of farming but on a scale small enough to be carried out in your garden (provided you have a garden of reasonable size and you get on well with your neighbours).
Many of our members are using the native black bee, Apis mellifera mellifera. Some belong to the Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders Association BIBBA.