Welcome to our website. The New Forest Beekeepers' Association represents the interests of beekeepers and beekeeping in the New Forest and surrounding area.

We are one of the largest beekeeping associations in England and are affiliated to the Hampshire Beekeepers' Association and the British Beekeepers' Association. If there is anything that is not covered here and you would like to know please get in touch using the contact tab above.

Established over 100 years in the New Forest we have a full program of events throughout the beekeeping year. The highlight being the Honey and Bee Tent at the New Forest County Show.

Joining the New Forest Beekeepers

The New Forest & District Beekeepers Association supports beekeepers from the New Forest and surrounding areas. From beginners looking to start a new hobby through to experienced beekeepers, we welcome anyone wishing to join an enthusiastic, friendly local association.


The New Forest & District Beekeepers' Association is run by a team of enthusiastic beekeepers. As part of our services we offer introductory beekeeping courses, practical beekeeping sessions, apiary visits and community events. Our programme of talks supports the preservation of bee populations. Our members enjoy additional benefits including loaning beekeeping equipment, such as honey extractors.

Meetings During Lockdown

By now most of you will have seen we are using ZOOM as our medium for the monthly members meeting. These have been very successful with an average 40 members joining in each time.

We are hoping, all things being equal to have our Membership meetings back at the community Centre in January, but that is obviously dependent on many Covid related factors.

The bookings for the rest of the year are below, and you can download ZOOM here, if you haven’t already.

Depending on how you use zoom it may ask you to download some software so just follow the on screen prompts – more information about Zoom and how to use it can be found here https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/categories/200101...

The “Talks” in the past meetings are available to download/view in the members area.

Upcoming Meetings

March 18th

Stephen Riley:- Finding Varroa tolerant bees


April 15th,

Prof Francis L. W. Ratnieks

The effect of neonicotinoid-treated crop on honey bees


Bookings for the Coming Year

18th March
Finding Varroa tolerant beesSteve Riley
15th AprilEffects of Neonictinoids on honey beesProf Francis Ratnieks
20th MayPollenMargaret Murden
17th JunePreparing for a Honey ShowJohn Bunting
15th JulyTBC
19th AugustTBC
16th SeptemberHoney Bees and CosmeticsSara Robb
16th OctoberNF&DBKA Honey Show TBCNondescripts Club
21st OctoberBees WaxKen Basterfield
18th NovemberAGM

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