Wimbledon Beekeepers' Association

A Division of the Surrey Beekeepers' Association

  Welcome to the Wimbledon Beekeepers' Association

 

 The Wimbledon Division of the Surrey Beekeepers' Association is an organisation of Beekeepers, who operate in the London Borough of Merton and its surrounding areas.  Every year we organise beginners’ courses and a variety of educational and social events for our members.

  Click here to download our leaflet for more information 

 There are a number of divisional apiaries in secluded places where members can keep their bees, although many prefer to use their own gardens.  Members receive the following:

  • Meetings

    Lectures

    Diagnostic bee disease checks

    BeeCraft magazine each month       

    WBKA newsletter

  • BBKA Newsletters

    Product liability insurance

    Bee Disease Insurance

    National representation from the BBKA

    Lots of training, advice and support    

     

    They may also demonstrate their skills by exhibiting high quality honey, mead, beeswax and cakes at competitions and shows. Our season ends with our own Honey Show in December, where members can exhibit their bee products and compete for awards and prizes.

     
                       Interested in Bees?
     

    The joy of keeping bees is that they never fail to surprise you. Observing them working in their hive and organising their lives around the changing year is simply fascinating. One of the rewards for the beekeeper, of course, is honey. Honey produced by your own bees undoubtedly tastes far superior to almost any that can be found in the supermarket.

    At some point humans began to domesticate wild bees in artificial hives made from hollow logs, wooden boxes, pottery vessels and woven straw baskets or 'skeps'. This domestication was well developed in Egypt. Even sealed pots of honey were found in the grave goods of Pharaohs, such as Tutankhamun, which was still edible when it was excavated.

    Globally, there are more than 20,000 species of wild bee but only four produce honey. Many are solitary, like mason bees and bumblebees, these rear their young in burrows and small colonies. Beekeeping, or apiculture, is concerned with the practical management of the social species of honeybee, mainly the European Honey Bee (Apis Mellifera), that live in large colonies of up to 100,000 per hive!

    We hope that this website will inspire you to join your local association, wherever you are, and enjoy the rewards that beekeeping brings.

      
    The Different Types of Bee
    (Click pictures for more information)
     

    The Honey Bee

    The Bumble Bee

     The Solitary Bee 

     
     
    WHERE TO FIND US
     
    Wimbledon Beekeepers' Association meet on the first Monday evening
    of every month at 7:30pm
    at:

    The Snuff Mill

    Morden Hall Park

    Morden Hall Road
    Morden
    London SM4 5JD

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    If you suspect you have a swarm, please call this number:

     Telephone: 078 0498 2620

     

    If you would like to know more about Beekeeping
    or joining the Association please contact:

     

    The Chairman:      chairman@wimbledonbeekeepers.co.uk 

    Telephone: 020 3286 2896

    The Secretary:      secretary@wimbledonbeekeepers.co.uk

    Telephone: 078 6743 3777