Your Local Beekeeping Association
in North Hampshire
What did you have for breakfast today? Jam on toast? Fresh fruit? Dried fruit in your muesli or some grilled tomatoes with your fry-up? Maybe fruit juice or a coffee? All of this was brought to you by bees and other pollinators! Did you know?
- 90% of all fruit and vegetables you eat are pollinated by insects, especially bees.
- Bees from the same hive collect pollen and nectar from about 225,000 flowers per day. One single bee usually visits between 50-1000 flowers a day, but can visit up to several thousand.
- Honeybees need to collect nectar from about 2 million flowers to make one pound of honey.
- In the UK there are approximately 44,000 beekeepers looking after around 240,000 hives producing 6000 tons of honey per year.
- We produce only 20% of the honey we consume – the rest is imported.
Beekeeping is a fascinating and challenging hobby that is very rewarding in many ways. Whilst it’s great to be able to eventually harvest your own honey, you also get a great sense of satisfaction being connected directly to the natural world whilst knowing that your hobby is having a beneficial effect on the environment around you.
The Fleet & District Beekeeping Association (FBKA) was founded in 1918 to support beekeepers across North Hampshire and welcomes new members wanting to learn this fascinating and ancient skill. We encourage, train and support local beekeepers to maintain healthy, docile and productive honey bees as well as advancing the education of the public in the importance of bees in the environment.
We hold regular meetings and other events to promote best practice and further the craft of beekeeping and have many members in and around Fleet and surrounding towns and villages including Crookham, Odiham, Hook, Hartley Wintney Aldershot and Farnborough. Over the last few years with the growing interest in beekeeping as a hobby, our numbers have continued to grow significantly. Prospective beekeepers of all ages are always made welcome in our very friendly association.
Our annual “Beekeeping for Bee-ginners” course runs from February each year and is designed to take a complete novice and turn them into a competent and confident beekeeper. Late joiners are made welcome too! If you are interested in becoming a beekeeper, or just want to learn more about this fascinating hobby, you can download an introduction to beekeeping and our association here or use the contact form if you have a specific question.