Meetings & Events

Winter Meetings


Unless stated otherwise, all winter meeting will be at –

Dame Elizabeth Hall, Firbank Cl, Bournville, Birmingham B30 1UA

January 2024

🗓️ Friday 26th January
🕐 19:30 – 21:00
📍 Hopes garden plants
🎤 Plants for pollinators throughout the year

We have a renowned horticulturist Nigel Hope  who will talk about John’s Garden at Ashwood Nurseries over a 12 month period. Showing how your garden can look beautiful, with flowers every day of the year available for pollinators. He will talk you through some of the projects he has done in the garden, to develop it, giving lots of hints and tips on plant cultivation and pruning.  

Sue, our librarian will be on hand with a large selection of bee books to borrow

If nothing else, come along for the tea and biscuits!

February 2024

🗓️ Saturday 17th February
🕐 10:00 – 13:00
📍 Sam Walker & Ron Rock
🎤 Sam,our branch Asian Hornet coordinator will be running an Asian Hornet Workshop from 10am -11.15am  which will include:

How to ID & similar species
What can YOU do?
Role of an AHAT – can you help ?
How to protect your apiary – advice so far & equipment on sale for you to view and handle (If this arrives in time! )
NBU – the public are our eyes we cannot do this without you
NBU advice if this has been finalized as still in talks as to approach to take
Approach to take if discovering hornets – 
 Making non kill bait stations
Following this from 11,30 -1pm  Ron Rock from the bumble bee conservation trust will talk about:
 The pro’s and cons of bee hotels .focussing particularly on the need for Autumn/Winter husbandry. He will also talk about the life cycle of Red mason bees and their importance as pollinators with a short PowerPoint presentation. It wont be too late to bring along a few tubes of mason bee cocoons to open up on the day as well. 
Everyone is welcome

🗓️ Friday 23rd February
🕐 19:30 – 21:00

March 2024

🗓️ Friday 22nd March
🕐 19:30 – 21:00
📍 Colleen Reichling N.B.U.
🎤 Asian Hornets

  • Strategy
  • Asian hornet nests up to 2022
  • Asian hornet nests in 2023
  • Awareness Raising
  • How to report Asian hornets
  • Nests
  • Chemical Treatments
  • Capel Le Ferne 2023
  • Future decisions

NB:  Visitor numbers at Highbury Apiary are currently restriced to members only.  If you have any questions about visiting please call the Apiary Manager (see Contacts page.)

Summer Meetings are held at our Apiary in Highbury Park.  Association and members’ hives undergo inspection by that well known pest of the bee, the beekeeper.

2.00pm every Saturday between June and August.
See the Highbury Apiary page for further information.

Winter meetings (September to March) are lively and educational with a mixture of lectures and talks covering the basics for new beekeepers and other topics.  Non-members and visitors are very welcome to attend.  I promise we are a very friendly and welcoming bunch.  Tea and biscuits to follow, sometimes there may be cake.

Winter Meetings … members will be informed of meeting dates and topics/speakers via email

Meetings usually commence at 7.30pm.