Chalfonts Beekeepers

The society for Beekeepers in and around the Chalfonts in Buckinghamshire UK

National Bee Unit - Starvation Alert

Beekeepers may wish to monitor their colony food levels closely over the next month as many colonies, particularly those which are strong and had their spring honey crop removed, will be at risk of starving. In some parts of the UK, the weather is still cold and foraging opportunities for large colonies are few and far between. It is important to check and monitor all your colonies feed levels, if you do not wish to open them up because of poor weather, lift below the floor, in turn, on both sides of the hive to see how much it weighs. Where the hive is light, liquid feed should be applied directly above the bees.

Feed can be prepared from refined white sugar and water mixed at a 2:1 ratio or one of the proprietary ready mixed syrups available from Beekeeping equipment suppliers. More information about mixing up sugar can be found in the Best Practice Guidelines no. 7.

Large starving colonies of bees will take 1 gallon (approx. 5 Litres) of syrup very quickly while smaller colonies will take half a gallon (approx. 2.5 Litres). After feeding, heft the hives again and check the weight and if in doubt feed some more in a few days.

News and Announcements

Welcome to the Chalfonts Beekeepers Society.

The Chalfonts Beekeepers Society is associated to the British Beekeepers Association via the Bucks County Beekeepers Association.  We are also active within The National Honey Show.  You can find more details about these organisations and their events by clicking on their logos below to be taken to their websites.

Chalfonts Beekeepers' Diary

Come and Join Us - Newcomers Always Welcome

  • Newsletters

    You’ll find our newsletters are full of knowledge about bees and skills in their management.

    Gwyn and Fiona, your newsletter Editors, are always hungry for great articles and pictures for our newsletter. If you’d like to write about your beekeeping experiences please get in touch with them via our Contact Us page.

  • Meetings

    We are an active group, with a regular schedule of monthly meeting, plus apiary visits.  Each month we have a guest speaker who can speak from  position of knowledge of bees and beekeeping.  Come and join us at any of our Diary Dates.

  • Beeginners' Course

    If you’re interested in learning more about bees or becoming a beekeeper then you my like to consider attending our course.  Details here -> Beginners Course.   Please contact our Education Secretary via the Contact Us page.

A Bit of History About Us and What We Do

The society was founded from the members of Slough Beekeepers in 1976 with the aim of providing a beekeeping society in the Chalfonts. The aim of the society is to promote the craft of beekeeping, publicise its benefits in the local community, and to foster co-operation between local beekeepers. It has been supporting and promoting beekeeping in the Chalfonts for 30 years.

From it small beginnings the society has grown to an active group of beekeepers with over 100 members. Society members have over 250 hives in the area, housing more than 12 million bees at the height of summer, ensuring pollination of fruit bushes and trees, vegetable crops and flowers. Local honey can be found for sale in delicatessens, butchers, health food shops and other shops in the area as well as at local shows during the summer. It is believed to offer a natural remedy against hay fever.

The society also provides a service to the community by giving talks, exhibitions and providing a honey bee swarm removal service.

Our President Explains Cut Comb and Ross Round