Central and South Herts Beekeepers Association (CSHBKA), formerly Welwyn Beekeepers Association, is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, affiliated to the Hertfordshire Beekeepers Association (HBKA), an Area Association of the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA).
Our aims are to promote and further the craft of beekeeping and to provide education to the public on beekeeping and hive products, and the importance of honey bees in the environment.
Our membership has been steadily growing over the last few years, and we cover an area from Stevenage in the North to Potters Bar in the South.
We offer four types of membership to the CSHBKA:
We provide support and training to our members, members of the public as well as to other current and prospective beekeepers in the area. Our members are able to take advantage of a number of apiary sites and keep their hives there. We also have a wealth of beekeeping experience available amongst our members we can tap into.
We offer a range of courses and training opportunities during spring and summer and hold various social events throughout the year.
Honey bees mainly tend to swarm from April to July. We are delighted to help you and collect a swarm of honey bees if you live in the area we cover. However, we must be sure that it is a swarm of honey bees and not bumble bees or wasps or any other insects.
We are only able to collect honey bee swarms and cannot deal with any other insects. If you have wasps, you will need to contact Pest Control. Click here to check whether the swarm you have are honey bees.
The Asian Hornet (Vespa velutina), is an invasive non-native species from Asia. It arrived in France in 2004 and has spread rapidly. As a highly effective predator of insects, including honey bees and other beneficial species, it can cause significant losses to bee colonies and potentially other native species.
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