External Links

Associations, Suppliers, and other information

Associations

There are two independent associations in East Kent and one in Medway:

  • Thanet Beekeeping Association – website
  • Dover and District Beekeeper’s Association – website
  • Medway Beekeepers – website

Suppliers  – (a listing here is not a recommendation)

  • Demeter Bee Technology. Based in Headcorn. A growing range of beekeeping supplies, including frames and foundation, protective clothing, varroa treatment, extractors and jars. Supplier and repairs of Giordan extractors.  Contact Kevin Smith on 01622 892210
  • Jean Mozley – Folkestone based supplier of queens. Call her on 01303 273466 or email
  • Bee Equipment can supply you with all the beekeeping equipment you will ever need as well as supporting new aspiring apiarists & experienced beekeepers with our detailed courses held at our state of the art Bee-Barn, at Highland Court Farm, Bridge, Canterbury, CT4 5HN.  Our courses program includes taster days; full training courses for new beekeepers; frame handling and hive inspection events; microscopy courses and much more. All at Kent’s premier and only purpose built training facility for beekeepers complete with teaching apiaries. You will be able to handle bees and equipment before you start your beekeeping.
  • Major Beehives: Suppliers of Beekeeping equipment, National Hives, Top Bar Hives, Warre Hives, Protective Clothing. Find Elvin Roberts at Unit 5, Building 5, Sandwich Industrial Estate, Ramsgate Road, Sandwich, CT13 9LY
  • Caddon Hives have asked us to provide a link. They are a Father and Son team selling quality WBC and National hives made from Cedar, located in the Scottish Borders.  “free delivery for orders of 5 or more hives and an additional 5% discount for orders of 10 or more hives”

Information

BeeBase web site The National Bee Unit’s Disease inspections and leaflets etc.
DEFRA Bee health web site of Department for Rural Affairs
Advice, rules and regulation
Bees in the Curriculum
: A web-site for children, teachers, and all who want to pass on the value of bees to the next generation.
Dave Cushman’s web site
An extensive if very personal web site with lots of useful tips and information.
Bumblebees

Bees, Wasps & Ants Recording Society
The Bumblebee Conservation Trust

Bumblebee pages by L. Smith
British bumblebee identification guide
from the Natural history Museum
Bumble Bees of the World
– Natural History Museum
Bumblebee Research – Natural History Museum

Beekeeping Charities

Bees Abroad – reducing poverty in developing countries by training people in apicultural skills

International Bee Research Association – IBRA is a charity working to increase awareness of the vital role of bees in the environment and to encourage the use of bees as wealth creators.