Stockport Beekeepers’ Newsletter


August 2022 (Latest)

July 2022

June 2022 

April 2022                         

March 2022

February 2022        

January 2022

December 2021

November 2021

October 2021

September 2021

Swarm collection

The Cheshire Committee has revised its swarm collection policy. Those members wishing to collect swarms on behalf of CBKA for 2021 must confirm their intention to continue and also confirm their contact details. A copy of the new policy will be sent to all applicants who must be ratified by SBKA Committee. 


Beekeeping mentors

Mentoring can be done on a designated one to one basis by physically working together, by telephone or via email. It can also be 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

To buy and to sell

Contact the Secretary if you have beekeeping equipment to sell. The items advertised in the February newsletter were snapped up immediately.


If you have colonies to sell or want to buy bees contact the Secretary. 

Beekeeping Insurance

The recent reports of thefts and vandalism of hives and bees from Cheshire members should remind us to review insurance needs for both bees and equipment. Aston Lark Ltd arranges insurance cover for the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) and its members nationwide, providing cover for hives, stock and equipment used in connection with beekeeping.

It is also worth doing a review of basic apiary site security and assess the risk of theft or vandalism. There are security products and software/apps available on the internet and a simple self assessment will tell individuals if the investment is worth the risk of loss or damage. 


Subscriptions for 2022.






Note from Liz Camm, County Secretary:

I encourage members to renew online, not on the paper forms - the link to the ER2 database will be sent out at beginning December. Much easier for me and for members, especially as they can then check their contact details are up to date.
I'm hoping the number of paper forms I receive will be even less this year than last.  

Kind regards

If you do not renew your subs, your Bee Disease Insurance will lapse at the end of March, a time when you are most likely to need this. Also your subscription to BBKA will end. After March there will be a 40 day waiting period before you can claim. In line with data protection regulations your details will be removed from the SBKA data base and you will receive no more communications.