We have over 100 members from a wide area of Dorset, and we emphasize the training and development of new beekeepers as well as supporting the more experienced. We have 3 Master Beekeepers on our committee - the most senior qualification awarded by the British Beekeepers Association.
We meet at the Shillingstone Church Centre for discussion, refreshment and teaching. Practical beekeeping takes place at our Apiary, located in a field off Shillingstone Lane, just across the road, owned by the Forum School. We run a range of courses for new and more advanced beekeepers, and we have a number of social events each year. During the summer we arrange visits to other apiaries, and from October to March there is a programme of talks and demonstrations
We buy honey jars, ambrosia syrup and apiguard in bulk so that members can get these easily and more cheaply. For a small fee we also loan members an electric honey extractor if they do not have one themselves.
We collect swarms in the local area and can supply swarms to members at a small cost.
If you want to learn to keep bees yourself you can do so on one of our courses - click here for details
If you decide to join us you will learn how to keep bees, get advice and support and enjoy the company of other beekeepers - click here for details
Help the Bees: click here for details on how to help them help us. The Soil Association's top 5 herbs to help save the bees are Lemon Balm, Mint, Fennel, Lavender and Chamomile. See their video on this at https://www.soilassociation.org/take-action/growing-at-home/5-herbs-to-grow-at-home/