Asian Hornet
An Asian Hornet

The site is designed to be a resource for beekeepers locally, those considering keeping bees for the first time, and for interested members of the general public.

Last year the Asian Hornet (Vespa velutina), a non-native species from Southeast Asia, became established in England, wiping out numerous colonies of Honey Bees in Kent, despite the best efforts of the beekeeping community and DEFRA. This is the biggest threat to our Honey Bees since the Varroa mite (Varroa destructor) established itself widely in the UK in the early 1990's. Learn more about this pest, the threat it poses to our bees and how to report it here.

All places for our 6-week ‘Introduction to Beekeeping’ course starting in February 2024 are taken with a reserve list, but if interested for the future, please contact Graham Elliott on [email protected]

We cover the southern part of West Sussex from the Hampshire border at Emsworth in the west, to Arundel in the east, although some of our members come from much further afield.

What to do if you have a swarm of bees turn up in your garden?  
Find out more, and where to get help by clicking here.

Interested in bees and thinking about starting keeping bees?
There is a lot to consider before getting your first hive of bees  Go to About Beekeeping to learn more.

Or if you don't actually want to keep bees but want to learn more about how you can help them, click here to go to the British Beekeepers' Association website for lots of useful information on the subject.

Already a Beekeeper and interested in joining Chichester Beekeepers?
Click on about us to find out more, and see all the benefits of being a member and to see all the meetings and events that we run.  Why not come along to one of our meetings as a guest, to meet other members of Chichester Beekeepers before deciding whether to join?