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.


Any non-beekeepers who think they have a swarm of honeybees, please go to Swarm page via lefthand sidebar for links to assistance.

News and upcoming events.

Forwarded by our Divisional secretary Sheila, 
  link to2018 BBKA Spring news  

5th May 2018 saw a summer apiary visit with a difference.
One of our members (Dr John Feltwell, Naturalist and entomologist)
gave a very informative talk about the Asian Hornet which he has had first hand experience dealing with in France and Jersey. We will need to be  vigilant should we be plagued with the pest. We will be forming a monitoring group as recommended by BBKA and National bee unit during the coming weeks,  further information will be emailed to all regarding this initiative.
Thanks again John for taking the time to help.

Countdown to Heathfield Bee Festival

Heathfield Community College 19th May 10am