Welcome to our web site 

Please browse the various links on this page, or use the search facility above - we hope you will find what you are looking for. However if you have any other questions we would be delighted to hear from you - see our Contact page for ways of getting in touch with us.

Our aims

As beekeepers we love our hobby - for some it is a business, to most it is a pastime for the care of honeybees and enjoying nature :-)

We belong to a divisional body called the British Beekeepers Association so that we can, as a group, provide our members with support, education opportunities, legal guidance, insurance and a huge range of social activities.

We hold regular meetings all year round; in the winter we hold talks and demonstrations so that come the spring, summer and autumn we can be out giving our bees the best care possible. Our summer meetings take place at the association apiary where hives are opened for inspection.(weather permitting!)

Every year we have shows that our members can enter their honey, honeycomb, wax, cakes, candles and photographs in.

We need to ensure that the bees we keep are at their healthiest as wild bees are decreasing in number.

This requires the need to recognise health problems and knowing the best course of action.

Honey bee

New to beekeeping?

Keeping bees is a fascinating and rewarding hobby, and if you're just starting out (or thinking of doing so!) 
Do have a look at our Starting With Bees page.

We would also strongly recommend you join your local beekeeping association (these exist all over the country) who will be able to provide you information, training and guidance - at Hastings and Rother, we welcome non-members who would like to experience a "taster" of beekeeping before taking the plunge.  

See our Membership page for more details.


         News and upcoming events.

See the events page for our Spring / Summer program of Apiary meetings  

Next meeting: 
Saturday 6th July
Apiary meeting at Netherfield

Rye and Battle Observer published an article about our county association forming Asian monitoring groups to help the public identify.

Sussex Beekeepers Association  Bee Market 

Saturday 18th May in Heathfield.

Click here to see Bee Market 2019 Flyer you can download and print to distribute 

If you would like to volunteer to help please contact our secretary


The Laboratory of Social Insects  (LASI) at Sussex university in Brighton are running a series of workshops this autumn. The first two in September are about  Integrated Varroa Management  Click here to find out more  

   Our apiary manager Jeff found the hives very much alive in December.
   see the short video clip below of one of them

Video Taken by Jeff at our apiary 17/12/2018

Will vaccination prevent foulbrood in the future? Click this link to read article