Birmingham and District Beekeepers Association

Intro

Did you know, in the UK we rely on bees to pollinate around 75% of our fruit and vegetable crops?  And without the help of our little fuzzy friends, in Birmingham alone, it would cost us £29 million a year to complete this process manually!

Birmingham and District Beekeepers Association (BDBA) aim to preserve and promote the development of apiculture (the technical term for beekeeping) and are all about educating people on the importance of bees and the joys of beekeeping.

Who are The Birmingham and District Beekeepers Association (BDBA)?

The BDBA has been in existence for over 86 years.  In the early days, it was run by just twelve beekeepers, who started the association at each other’s homes and small apiaries.  During WW2 they sent honey to help during the war efforts, distributing pots to soldiers on the front line.

Now based in Highbury Park, Kings Heath the key aim of the association is to encourage apiculture whilst supporting the well being of the bee population in Birmingham.  The BDBA provide beekeeping courses to adults, as well as offering education talks to local schools.  Access to the apiary in Highbury Park is open to all and the association actively welcome members of the public to join in, and give apiculture a try themselves!  Sessions are held every Saturday throughout the Spring and Summer whilst hives are fully active.

Have a sweet tooth?  The BDBA host an annual Honey Show at Martineau Gardens (it’s a small world, you might recognise them from our previous ‘cause of the week?’).  Throughout the show, they host bee-related activities for adults and children, including a delicious honey tasting competition.  You can also purchase local made honey, honeycomb and best of all cake!

If successful, what will you use your LoveBrum funding for?

It has often been said that bees are responsible for one out of every three bites of food we eat.  Most crops are grown for their fruits, nuts, seeds, fibre (such as cotton), and hay (grown to feed livestock), require pollination by insects.  Without bees to spread seeds, many plants – including food crops – would die off.

The BDBA want to reach out and teach more to the community about these facts and how to help.  The £2,000 would pay for an additional beekeeping suit, along with a new observation hive, wall charts, and a new virtual hive.  This would allow the resource to make more visits to schools and community groups, and hopefully, encourage more people to get involved in beekeeping.

 

Where can people go to find out more about The Birmingham and District Beekeepers Association?

Contact:, Diana Phillips, Association President

Email: deepee@blueyonder.co.uk

You can also find out more about BDBA by visiting their Website.

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