Blandford and Sturminster Beekeepers Association
Blandford and Sturminster Beekeepers Association

News and Events

The full 2018 calendar is in the pdf document below.  It is updated at intervals, so check this page regularly for new events or amended details.  


The latest Newsletter (June 2018) can be seen below.

The BSBKA Calendar for 2018
BSBKA Calendar 2018.pdf
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BSBKA June 18 news.pdf
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Recent News

25 Aug 2018  Asian Hornet Alert Poole.  See here for details and action to take.


11 Aug 2018  Jersey beekeepers are struggling against the Asian Hornet.  See this news article.


9 Aug 2018  The Dorset Convention will be held on Sun 21st October in Blandford.  For full details and ticket booking, follow this link to the booking site.


3 May 2018  The BBKA is asking beekeepers to keep a good lookout for Asian Hornets.  Please read the article on the BBKA site.  This follows a recent sighting in Lancashire, which was of a Queen that has flown free and has not been captured.


11 March 2018  We have an offer of accommodation for bees: "We have farm, woodland and an old cider apple orchard at DT10 2JJ and would love to have some bee hives/bee keepers here.  We have always had bees but here but they recently moved.  If anyone in your association is looking for land for their bees, we would love to help out".  Contact:


9 November 2017    GOOD NEWS: Michael Gove (Secretary of State for the Environment) has announced that the UK intends to permanently ban the use of neonicotinoid pesticides except in exceptional situations. The shift in the government's position apparently arises from recent studies which show the risks from neonics are greater than previously understood. There has been controversy over the findings from studies and tests for some years now, but it seems as if the weight of evidence for the effects on pollinator insects has finally tilted in what most beekeepers will regard as the right way.


25 June 2017      A large group of members had a really good afternoon yesterday visiting Sue Billington's apiary.  There were some interesting demonstration aspects in the hives, and the tea and cakes afterwards were magnificent.  Thank you for your hospitality Sue; it was much appreciated.

15 June 2017 The apiary is looking very good.  A big thank you to Ian Condon and Sally for the grass cutting and strimming.

12 April 2017      From the BBKA:  Live Asian Hornets have been found in the past few days on the Channel Island of Jersey. The first was discovered alive in a house at Anne Port on Monday 3rd of April. The second has just been reported as having been trapped alive in a Thorne Bee Trap on Mont Bingham.


8 April 2017       A successful BSBKA Introductory Day was helped by the fine weather and provided a great start to the training season.  Some photos:

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