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Meet other local Beekeepers to discuss the art and craft of this fascinating hobby! IMPORTANT Read This:
Terms of Attendance
everyone attending the apiary must accept the following:

  • the apiary is a trip hazard as it is on rough ground with access down uneven steps, so is only suitable for those who are safe on such terrain
  • you run the risk of bee stings anywhere in or near the apiary, and you should not attend the apiary if you are allergic to bee stings
  • if you use our protective equipment (eg bee suits), it is your responsibility to ensure it is in good repair and bee proof (report any damage); you should wear bee proof, loose-fitting trousers and bee proof footwear such as wellingtons
  • seek assistance from others to ensure you are free of bees before removing suits and leaving the apiary; ensure you do not take followers down the lane
  • you should not wear perfumes or scented deodorants
  • bee disease risk - do not use your own hive tools or gloves (we provide them)
  • you must follow the instructions of the apiary team leaders
  • take care with fire when using smokers: if using the blow torch ensure no-one is nearby and extinguish it immediately after use; keep your veil away from naked flames as they are flammable and can cause serious burns; ensure that no burning material blows out of the smoker; empty used fuel into the metal bin and put on the lid; keep water nearby
  • be aware that hazardous substances are used in the apiary (particularly acetic, formic and oxalic acids) and these must only be handled by authorised personnel
  • if you feel unwell you must notify a team leader and move away from the hives to the steps
  • it is your responsibility to obtain manual handling training, as mishandling heavy hive parts can cause injuries
  • children should not attend without the express prior permission of the event organiser, and a parent/guardian must be present at all times

We have regular weekly meetings at the Leek and Moorlands Beekeepers Association apiary during the active season, plus occasional visits to members apiaries.

Newcomers are welcome to attend, and bee suits are available to borrow (on a first come basis)

Those who attend regularly may wish to become members by paying the annual subscription of £5; this will give you voting rights and occasional text alerts about short notice events.

Check out the North Staffs BKA website

PARKING: There is very limited parking by the apiary and we try to reserve it for those transporting heavy equipment or with mobility issues; please take care not to annoy our neighbours; there is a particular problem with Horsebridge Cottage at the end of Micklea Lane. Please park further up the roads and do not block entrances