The Winchester and District Beekeepers’ Association (WDBKA) has about 100 members, and exists to promote the craft of beekeeping.
We welcome new and experienced beekeepers from a wide catchment area, including Alresford, Bramdean, Hursley, Itchen Abbas, Owslebury, Ropley, Sparsholt, Twyford, and Winchester.
The association manages two out apiaries suitable for hosting members’ hives, maintains beekeeping and honey extracting equipment for short-term subsidised rent to members, and through its more experienced members the association provides support for those working towards beekeeping exams and accreditation. The Association also has a lending library.
We work closely with DEFRA and their Regional Inspectors in the diagnosis of bee diseases. We publish a monthly newsletter, and distribute County and National news as well as material from DEFRA.
Our membership fees are shown on the current membership application form, and cover a wide range of benefits.