Welcome to LBKA

Welcome to the web site of the Liverpool and Merseyside Beekeepers Association (LBKA).

We are amateur beekeepers in the Merseyside area and are affiliated to the BBKA (British Beekeeping Association).

Sorry we can’t help with bees in roof spaces, walls etc.

These are usually bumble bees. If you think you have a swarm of honey bees, see the information and links on the Bees in building or garden page.

We hold monthly meetings with talks on various aspects of beekeeping from visiting speakers and practical beekeeping demonstrations. These meetings are an opportunity to meet fellow beekeepers, share knowledge and ask for advice. New beekeepers are always welcome and beginners’ courses are usually run in the New Year, for those thinking of taking up beekeeping.

For more information or to become a member either visit us at one of our monthly events or contact us with your enquiry. Email to contact@liverpoolbeekeepers.co.u

Saturday 16th July, 2pm-4pm
final Wirral Summer Meeting
Doug Jones’ apiary in the field behind 3 Seabank Road, Heswall, Wirral,CH604SN
Please bring a folding chair if you have one

Mr Mark Mcloughlin your DEFRA Bee Inspector
Advantage or disadvantage of keeping bees on single brood or double brood
Also, Doug will be showing a stock of bees which has Chronic Bee Paralysis Virus. This is a new virus to the UK with currently no known cure for it.

 

Woolton branch apiary meeting

Saturday, 23rd July, 2.00pm-4.00pm
Woolton apiary, Allerton Road, Woolton, Liverpool L25 7TB

Taking the Honey Off and Preparing for the Heather
An ideal opportunity to gain more experience, ask questions and Dave’s legendary tea.
Open to LBKA members, bee suits are required.

August branch meeting

Iain McLean
Never crush a Bee! – Improving your handling and end of season work

2:30 – 4:30pm, Sandy Lane Nurseries, Melling, L31 1EJ.
Please park alongside the hedge. Bee suits required. Bring a folding chair.
Meetings are open to Liverpool beekeepers members and BBKA members.

Beekeeping taster session

If numbers are sufficient, we may run another taster session later in the summer.
It will be couple of hours and give an insight into bees and beekeeping. If you would be interested in attending, please send an email to: contact@liverpoolbeekeepers.co.uk

National Bee Unit
Bee health day

The Northern Region National Bee Unit Team is running two ‘Bee Health Days’ this year in August. Both events will cover exotic pests (Small hive beetle and Asian hornet), keeping your bees healthy and recognising disease in the comb.

The 1st event is in Manchester at Manchester Beekeepers in Heaton Park, Manchester on Saturday 20th August 2016. For further information or to book a place, please contact Mrs Lena Crowe by email: lenaphone1@hotmail.com
or by phone: 07944 821264.

The 2nd event is in Carlisle at Houghton Village Hall, Houghton, Carlisle on Saturday 27th August 2016. For further information or to book a place, please contact Mr Mike Fitzgerald by email: linda_fitzgerald@btinternet.com or by phone: 01697 320204.

Please note each event is restricted to 80 people, therefore pre-booking is essential.
For any further general information please contact Mr Ian Molyneux, Northern Regional Bee Inspector on 07815 872604 or ian.molyneux@apha.gsi.gov.uk

Microscopy Course

John Charlton, who is a well-known and respected microscopist in the beekeeping community, will be running a series of Microscopy Days for beekeepers to prepare them for the BBKA Exam, or other exams needing microscopy as a subject.

The course is spread over seven Saturdays and will be suitable for absolute beginners and the experienced microscopist.

The course starts on 24th September, and all sessions will take place at
Manchester Grammar School, M13 0XT.
Most of the equipment and materials will be provided.

More details from johncharlton151@gmail.com