Welcome to the Stockport branch of the

Cheshire Beekeepers Association


The Stockport Branch (SBKA) of Cheshire Beekeepers has been supporting bees and beekeepers from Stockport and surrounding areas since 1969. With over 200 members from as far afield as Macclesfield, Buxton and Glossop, the branch provides an annual programme of meetings and events to promote beekeeping and help to educate the public about bee welfare.

SBKA seeks to promote beekeeping and bee welfare by participating in local shows and events and making presentations to schools and organisations. It also provides education, support and training opportunities to members. Recently, Stockport Council and Manchester Pest Control have been collaborating with SBKA to educate employees on the basics of beekeeping and providing support to establish apiaries on buildings and council property.


Stockport Beekeepers’ May Newsletter

All future meetings and events are cancelled until further notice. A revised schedule will be put together when the details are issued around relaxing the rules for keeping each other safe. Our priority is the safety of the members who should not put themselves at risk in order to maintain their colonies. If you have concerns or real problems contact the secretary stockportbkeepers@gmail.com


If you need urgent help with your bees, or are concerned about the long term effects of the Corvid lockdown, you can contact me by email and I will try to help or will find someone who can advise. 


The Branch apiary at Woodbank Park, Offerton, Stockport is being maintained by a small group of volunteers with strict adherence to Gov UK guidelines for the control of Corvid 19. The bees are developing well and now under 7 day checks. A small swarm has made itself at home in the spare equipment and a thriving colony has been purchased and added to the apiary.   


Bees for sale

Michael Seymour has an over-wintered nuc colony for sale from Chorlton/Didsbury border. It’s a nuc on six frames with an unmarked queen caught at the end of last season, believed to be a cast from his own bees. Strong colony, queen laying well and decent stores laid up. In Maisemore poly nuc box with feeder - please either return after collection or bring your own for a straight swap. "Contact free" collection only. £150. Contact phone number: 07502 412605 or email:- Michael.Seymour@manchester.ac.uk 


If you have bees for sale you can contact the Secretary.


Bees required

Natalie Barton and her son are on the lookout for bees/swarms. They have 2 hives waiting. Contact Natalie  via the Secretary. 


BBKA Winter Survival Survey

Leigh Sidaway, General Manager BBKA, asks members to complete the online survival survey: https://wh1.snapsurveys.com/s.asp?k=158192743510

This is information needed to understand the status of bee colonies in Spring 2020.


Beekeeping mentors

I have contacted mentors and mentees and I have tried to pair members within a close neighbourhood area. However, this has not always been possible. First contact has been by email and then up to pairs to decide how they want to work. Let me know if you want a mentor or are prepared to help other individuals in these unusual and challenging days.  

Mentoring can be done by several methods.

  • On an agreed one to one basis by physically working together. Strict adherence to Gov UK guidelines for the control of Corvid 19 is essential and it is up to individuals if they want to work in this way.

  • By telephone. Normal telephone conversations can be very effective, especially if these are supported by photos or videos sent by various media options. 

  • WhatsApp and FaceTime have effective video capabilities enabling face to face conversation. Careful positioning of the phone can display real time on screen problems with colonies. 

  • Via email. An explanation supported by photos or videos is available with this option. 

  • Facebook will enable groups to engage with beekeeping matters.  

  • A combination or all these methods. If you would like to be a beekeeping mentor or to have the support of a mentor, contact the secretary on stockportbkeepers@gmail.com


Stockport member Steve Donohoe has recently published his latest book Interviews with Beekeepers. I can confirm the book is as entertaining as his talk at one of our meetings in 2019 and is ideal to fill one of those ‘lockdown afternoons’. The book can ordered from www.interviewswithbeekeepers.com or the usual online stores. 


We are urged to keep a watchful eye for the Asian Hornet. 

The the Asian Hornet Coordinator for Stockport and district is Graham Royle. If you have any concerns or suspected sightings of Asian hornets, please contact Graham directly at graham@highfieldbees.co.uk or by phone on 01260 252 042. 


Do not remain isolated and worrying about your bees. Contact me and I will try to help.


Contact The Secretary if you do not want to receive emails from Stockport Beekeepers’ Association 

© Stockport Beekeepers 2018

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