Welcome to the West Sussex Beekeepers' Association website

 bee on christmas rose

 A Very Happy Christmas

Beekeeping in

West Sussex

 Christmas 2023

West Sussex Beekeepers celebrating 50 YEARS since its inception on 22nd May 1973

This website is intended to give information to those who are  interested in the keeping of honey bees in West Sussex, hive products and their uses.  

The majority of beekeeping activity is done at Divisional level, and for that reason this website should be seen as a signposting service.  We hope your enquiry can be dealt with quickly at local level.


Found a swarm?

Check out the BBKA website to find a local swarm collector closest to your postcode -  BBKA Find a Swarm Collector.  Or use the Divisions link to find your local Division and members who will be pleased to deal with swarms of honey bees.

Unfortunately we cannot help with bumble bees.  See the Bumblebee Conservation Trust website for advice:



A swarm in May is worth a load of hay;

A swarm in June is worth a silver spoon;

But a swarm in July is not worth a fly.

- Proverb


 Quote for the month  


Now all in the apiary is cold and grey

And stillness fills the air.

There’s no hint of the life that hides within,

But the bees wait quietly there.

― A Winter Apiary, Liz Westcott


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