Somerset Beekeepers (SBKA) is inviting the public to explore its new website launched today.
The new website is packed with up-to-date information aimed at those who are interested in honeybees as well as beekeepers.
SBKA Chairman Anne Pike said: “Our beautiful and informative new website contains information ranging from what to do if you spot a swarm to news about the latest Asian hornet sightings.”
The site has been created by fellow beekeeper and IT security specialist Neil Cook from Yeovil to work on a PC, tablet and mobile.
“Making the site informative and useful, but also relatively simple to navigate and ‘clean’ rather than cluttered, was a challenge,” said Neil.
It took around 200 hours to build the site which is aimed at SBKA members, the public, press, and as a shop-window for apiculture.
He added: “I think what is quite revolutionary, at least as far as I’ve seen in beekeeping websites, is having a central calendar and website for the whole SBKA, but with the divisional aspects updated and maintained by each division.”
SBKA is a volunteer-run registered charity which works with more than 850 members and raises awareness of issues affecting honeybees more widely.
Anne Pike added: “We are the voice of Somerset’s beekeepers and honeybees and this wonderful new website enables us to do this better.
“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 to keep healthy and strong colonies and to encourage the public to get behind pollinators.”