links to useful sites

BeeBase is the National Bee Unit website. It is designed for beekeepers and supports Defra, WAG and Scotland’s Bee Health Programmes and the Healthy Bees Plan, which set out to protect and sustain our valuable national bee stocks.

This website provides a wide range of free information for beekeepers, to help keep their honey bees healthy.

Both new and experienced beekeepers will find this an extremely useful resource and sign up to BeeBase. Knowing the distribution of beekeepers and their apiaries across the country helps  to effectively monitor and control the spread of serious honey bee pests and diseases, as well as provide up-to-date information in keeping bees healthy and productive. By telling us who you are you’ll be playing a very important part in helping to maintain and sustain honey bees for the future.

Britain’s leading beekeeping equipment supplier, you can order on line or browse through their full colour catalogue. Some of there popular items are available at The Honey Pot in the cash and carry beekeeping section.

The web site of the Derbyshire Beekeepers Association including the Burton on Trent branch, a thriving local beekeeping group with regular summer apiary meetings and monthly indoor meetings with videos, talks, buffet and real ale. £1 will let you in, with a membership of around 300.
This web site suffered a malfunction early this year, but thanks to the web master its come back to life even better than before.

Run by bee farmers for bee farmers. The only association to represent the interests of the commercial and semi-commercial bee keepers of the U.K. The Honey Pot is also a member, it has proved to be well worth joining for the 40 plus hive beekeeper.

The thriving Nottinghamshire Beekeepers Association is were I first joined up as a beekeeper back in 1985 and I am still a member. They have two branches one in the Newark area and the other at Arnold in the City of Nottingham. Two apiaries with regular meetings as well as the popular monthly indoor meetings normally held on the first Monday of the month.

The Chesterfield and District Beekeepers Association is in North Derbyshire and borders our peak district here, this group of friendly beekeepers have a full and active programme and welcome people along to the various events throughout the year.

The Honey Pot continues to supply many of the members with equipment and the new and improved web site is well worth a visit.

The Lincolnshire Beekeepers’ Association web site. The association covers the largest county in the country and has a number of local district groups within the county. This is to the East of The Honey Pot and many members find the trip to Derbyshire as nice as we enjoy a trip to Lincolnshire.

This web site has a podcast section where I was interviewed and asked questions about the bees, honey and beekeeping. The questions are interesting from a none beekeeper prospective. There is a short clip or the full article lasting for about an hour. So I hope you have time to listen to it.

The official monthly journal of the British Beekeepers Association and winners of Four Gold medals for journals on bees and beekeeping at Apimondia 2007.
Full of colourful articles and topical tips.

BIBBA is trying to find native and near native honeybees around the UK and Republic of Ireland. This is Project Discovery which is a survey of the location of honeybees that are close in racial characteristics to the native bee Apis mellifera mellifera. It is difficult to tell if your dark bees are the ones we are looking for as the colour can vary from brown to black, but physically the indigenous bees are generally large in body size with long abdominal overhairs. Their main noticeable behavioural characteristics are that they are thrifty, non-prolific and fly at low temperatures and in high winds. (Other characteristics come from selective breeding).

The web site of the British Beekeepers Association, this is full of beekeeping tips, news and articles. An active support board with lots of ideas. Most beekeeping matters answered quickly by its members. Also a complete list of all of the local beekeeping associations here in England.
If you have  a swarm of bees this will link you to the BBKA page all about swarms and who might be able to help and other bees/ wasp information.

Packed full of information about bees, beekeeping and honey, aimed at the just interesting, beginner and the more experienced beekeeper. Produced by Graham Law, a Leicestershire Beekeeper

A Message from Graham

I do hope you find this website useful, a book just doesn’t keep up to date compared to an information website so I chose not to publish a book and wrote this for you instead.
I wanted to answer all the things that I wanted to know about when I started keeping bees many years ago, and I hope it helps you with your first steps in the craft.
If you feel it has been of good benefit a small donation would be very gratefully received…

Hint: a half pint of beer cost me £1.65  🙂   cheers !

Best wishes & happy beekeeping.


It is with great sadness that Dave passed away on the 21st February 2011, my self and all who knew him pass our deepest sympathy to his family.
His web site will continue thanks to the help of Roger Patterson
This web site is the encyclopedia of beekeeping with information, data and lots of links to beekeeping related web sites.
Also lots of DIY plans and designs for the beekeeper who prefers to make their own equipment.
Many people contact me for help and advice about wasps and other insects, but I do not do pest control. There are many companies out there who do. And one such company that I can recommend here in the Derby/ Nott’s area of the East Midlands is a beekeeper himself who can deal with the routine pest control and the not so easy to reach problems, including the safe re housing of bee colonies.
An interesting guy with a very informative web site.

Film: More than Honey, Shown at The Quad Cinema, Market Place, Derby. September 2013.
A good film with some brilliant filming showing how beekeeping has been used to the extreme by some people at the expense to our important pollinating insects with disastrous  results, balanced well with the more careful beekeeping practice.  another link to this video

This in-depth documentary looks at the plight of the honeybee via colonies in California, Switzerland, China and Australia. The number of bees over the past 15 years has been decimated, but the causes of this disaster are unknown and the epidemic is spreading. Scientists have called it colony collapse disorder and are rightly worried as 80% of the plant species require bees to be pollinated. This doc explores the possible causes. Narrated by Derbyshire’s famous actor, John Hurt. The screening on Wednesday 11th September at 6:30pm will be introduced by Tony Maggs, of The Honey Pot at Markeaton Park.

This web site is the idea of Roger Patterson, one of Britain’s leading beekeepers. It has a lot of pages to provide a source of recipes using honey that will appeal to both beekeepers and non-beekeepers worldwide. The site has been designed with simplicity in mind, and has been sought with guidance from a number of people on what format they would like. This site will be changing and developing frequently and the visitor is advised to check on a regular basis. Our policy is one of continuous improvement.

There are many beekeeping web sites out there but few are as good is this one from The Bristol Beekeepers Association, its fresh new look and easy to navigate pages make it fun to use. but there’s lots of little gems in it such as an easy to use pollen guide, just click on the pollen  logo on the right hand side of the main page index to open it up. Its even got sound effects.


The Bumblebee Conservation Trust has around 7,000 members and this web site is full of information about these important larger cousins of our honey bee.,_Bombus_hypnorum.pdf

The Tree Bumblebee Bombus hypnorum L. Has been found in many peoples bird boxes and this article site covers it well. By Clive Hill.

Long Eaton Natural History Society. Is my local Natural History group that I belong to and get to as many meetings as my beekeeping permits. This web site has had a total revamp by David Gell with lots of local information about anything natural history. There are lots of links to other local groups too.

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