Birmingham & District Beekeepers Association
The object of our Association is to unite beekeepers; to promote the study and development of Apiculture by organising meetings and attending events, and to provide the benefit of expert advice to our members and to the public.
The Association holds regular members' meetings throughout the year. See the Meetings page for further details. We attend several local events and fetes in the summer months and the highlight of our beekeeping year is the annual Birmingham Open Honey Show held in September at Martineau Gardens, Edgbaston.
Summer (May to September) meetings are held at our Apiary in Highbury Park, Kings Heath, Saturdays at 2.00pm, weather permitting. At these outdoor meetings we work with live bees and therefore protective clothing is required. Some spare suits are available but you will also need wellingtons or boots that cover the ankles and a pair of gloves. Washing up gloves or similar are recommended.
At the start of the 2014 an additional apiary was established at Winterbourne Gardens, the object being to selectively breed calm colonies of bees with good characteristics.
Winter (September to April) meetings are lively and educational with lectures and presentations mainly around beekeeping but on other subjects from time to time. Meetings are held on the last Friday of the month at 7.30pm.
Membership is open to everyone; individuals, other bodies and schools. For membership information: go to the Membership Page and use the downloadable form or speak to any of our Committee or Members at a meeting.
We are affiliated to the Warwickshire Beekeepers Association which is our County branch of the British Beekeepers Association. Members are also welcome to attend the meetings of our other County Branch Associations. Details of their meetings are provided in the monthly newsletter, Warwickshire Beekeeper, which provides updates on our meetings and other interesting articles.
We maintain a comprehensive library that members can borrow from and various larger pieces of equipment that can be borrowed for a set time for a small fee.
We like to ensure that all beginners to the craft of beekeeping get off to a good start and advice is always readily available. Some of our members have kept bees for many years and are only too pleased to pass on the benefit of their experiences, both good and bad! You will be most welcome to attend any of the meetings mentioned above.
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Birmingham & District Beekeepers' Association
Registered Charity No. 500276