Along with people across the world, we’re watching the COVID-19 situation as it evolves. Each day brings new developments, but our top priority is the health and well-being of our members, your families, everyone we work with and our bees.
- Can we carry on beekeeping? Here's the official guidance from the National Bee Unit issued on 25.3.20: COVID-19 and Beekeeping Update
- Our AGM arranged for March 28 is postponed until April 14 and the business of the meeting will be conducted through an online and postal vote
- We have cancelled the Special Lecture due to be held on April 22 at Edgar Hall, Somerton
- Taunton & District Division has cancelled the bee health day due to be held on July 25
- The Royal Bath & West Show has been postponed to July 31, August 1 & 2
- Taunton Flower Show on August 7 & 8 has been cancelled. The Flower Show hosts the County Honey Show and a decision about whether it will be postponed or cancelled will be taken in the coming weeks.
- We will communicate any further cancellations by email and online
Asian (YELLOW LEGGED) HornetS (Vespa velutina nigrithorax)
Asian hornets are a major threat to our honeybees and other pollinators. But we can stop them getting a foothold in the county. Click here to find out how you can help.
Report a Swarm
To report a swarm of honeybees, please click on the button below, which will take you to the BBKA website where you can find beekeepers close to you who are willing to collect swarms.
Join the SBKA
Primarily we exist for the benefit of our members and provide a wide range of activities and services aimed at active beekeepers and those with an interest in honeybees and apiculture.
Enjoy practical training and education courses, talks and lectures, expertise and encouragement, insurance and much, much more!
Local beekeepers produce local honey! It’s usually raw (untreated), contains local pollen and is additive-free. Honey is reputed to have a variety of health benefits and medical uses – and it tastes good, too!
Local honey is available at many independent retailers as well as at our Honey Shows.
The best way to find someone to help with a swarm is to click the link below, which will take you to the British Beekeepers’ Association website, where you can find your nearest swarm collector.
Honeybees and other pollinators are having a tough time because of pests and diseases, loss of habitat and pesticides. One of our key roles is to help our members keep healthy and strong colonies.
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