Welcome to the Weald Branch of the Kent Beekeepers Association!

Welcome to the Weald Branch of the Kent Beekeepers Association!

Welcome to the Weald Branch of the Kent Beekeepers Association!

Caring about bees has become a topic that is being taken very seriously if we are to look after our gardens, countryside, the food we eat and ultimately the planet.

Weald Beekeepers are here to help people ‘do their bit’, whether it is to keep bees, to understand bees and their environment or help plant bee friendly gardens.

We have almost 100 members from Egerton to Goudhurst, Paddock Wood to Sandhurst. Most keep bees, some are ‘friends’ and some are junior members – our youngest member is 11.

The Bee Keeping season starts in early spring, and continues on until September / October, but there is always something to do, make, clean or prepare !

We are keen to introduce people to bee keeping in a relaxed way. To this end we run 3 hour ‘Bee Experiences’ for people who are curious, interested or wary, enabling you to become acquainted with hives, bees and the tools we use, before taking the plunge and getting your own bees.

If you already keep bees, we are a resource for skills, experience, swarms, queens etc and you can benefit from group purchases of feed, Varroa treatment etc.

In Spring /  Summer we meet at our apiary in Frittenden on Wednesday pm and Saturday am, starting dates will be announced on this site for the 2020 season.

We have a suitable number of hives there for teaching, generating honey for sale and rearing good bees. We also chat a lot around the subject!

Throughout the winter we have monthly talks given by experts about topics of interest.

We attend some summer fairs and events, such as ‘Tractorfest’ and ‘Cranbrook goes Nuts in May’ to raise awareness and encourage new members.

Do contact us if you would like to join or receive more information

Kim Fletcher

Chairman, Weald Branch

1 year ago
Loss of British bees threatens food security

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/science-environment-47698294?__twitter_impression=true

Rarer pollinators are struggling and scientists say this could threaten the UK's long-term food security.

1 year ago
Leo's Bee Project - A Short Film

Please watch Leo’s video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKjyrtApiWU&feature=youtu.be and discover how honey is made & get up close to an open bee-hive. Thank you Leo for your lovely video about ... See more

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1 year ago
Scented candles are as bad for are quality as a diesel car

don’t worry! We got you covered with natural, pure beeswax candles!

Scented candles are seen as an ultimate luxury in the UK but few people know of the air pollution they let off inside your home. The candles give off tiny particles that can go into your bloodstream.

1 year ago
Biddenden Tractorfest

Biddenden Tractorfest 17&18th of August 2019

Look out for our New Tractorfest leaflets and feel free to share from here. Going to be wonderful.

1 year ago
www.ceh.ac.uk

The first pollinator monitoring newsletter is out

1 year ago
The World Bee Project Hive Network Aims To Be The First To Track Pollinators Globally

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Seventy percent of global food crops depend on pollinators, but urbanization, monoculture, disease, predators, and pesticide use have conflated to shrink bee populations.

1 year ago

what a beautiful, sunny, warm (far too early) spring weather day today and the weather forecast for the next few days is in our favour!

1 year ago
How to identify spring bees

With the sun shining and increased temperatures you might come across either of these. Enjoy!

White-tailed or buff-tailed? Our guide will help you recognise 12 early-emerging bee species - many of which are common in gardens.

1 year ago
Why is Beekeeping Important? - The Apiary Journal | Bees For Business

Beekeeping is important! If you want to know more about beekeeping, now it’s the time as we approach spring and we’ll soon start meeting again at our apiary. Contact us for more info

I’ve been pondering this question for about a week now following a brief discussion with a fellow passenger on a train. The subject turned to bees and they asked me why beekeeping was important – ... See more

1 year ago
How to bee friendly

There is a lot you can do for bees!

Pollinators such as bees, bumblebees, butterflies and other insects play a critical role in healthy ecosystems, and they are essential for our food production. More than three quarters of the ... See more

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