Meridian’s September Newsletter

Your monthly newsletter from the Meridian Committee and Guests. Here you will find information on all upcoming talks, events and news for the month ahead.

Sign up to the Meridian Website and our Facebook Page for further information in the form of blogs and short articles from members direct to your inbox.

Newsletter Index

  • News & Notices (Apiary Meetings, Committee Meeting & End Of Year Survey)

  • Communications (What’s App)

  • Fireside Chats (Zoom)

  • Members Area & Calendar

  • Meridian Shop

  • EventBrite Free Online Talk (Lars Chittka) 29.09.22

  • Meon Valley Events : Newsletter Sign Up

  • HBA Updates (Amazon Smile & Bee Suit Badges)

  • BBKA Updates (British Beekeeping Show 04.02.23 & ADM Meeting & Trustee Appointments 14.01.23)

  • Useful Links (BeeBase, NHMS)

  • Bee Inspector Contact Details

Meridian’s News & Notices

Next Apiary Meeting

Saturday 17th September 2022

Swanmore Apiary, Hampshire

13:00 - 15:00


Meridian’s - BeeCraft Offers

BeeCraft has once again approached us and offered us a substantial discount of 30% on the price of subscription, however we need 10 or more to take up the offer. As a regular subscription I find the magazine useful and informative. This would price the digital yearly cost at £17.50 that’s just £1.45 a month. If you are interested please complete the survey.

BeeCraft Survey

Meridian Committee Meeting

The Committee are once again meeting this month on Tuesday 13th September 2022 @ 19:00. The Minutes of these meetings are published on the Members Area along with the AGM.


If there is anything you would like the raise with the committee or for them to discuss. Please email


In order to plan for next year, the committee will be sending out an end of year survey for each member to complete. This will help plan future events and activities. Please make sure that when it arrives in your mailbox you complete it. The more responses the better we can plan.


Meridian Members What’s App Group for last minute notifications of an urgent nature.

Sign Up

Only Admins can send messages and there is no reply messages so it’s just for notifications of an urgent nature and you will not receive spam.

Fireside Chats

Join two experienced beekeepers for a casual chat where they will update you on what’s been happening in the apiaries, and ease your concerns or help solve any problems you may have with your own hives.

Monday, September 05, 2022 : 20:00 - 20:45

Monday, September 19, 2022 : 20:00 - 20:45

Meeting ID: 854 7416 5756

Passcode: 434312

Join Zoom Chat

Members Area & Calendar

Check out the members’ area on our website. There you will find our calendar of events. Each month we will add a number of free online talks from around the world, from your favourite beekeepers and your favourite organisations like BIBBA, BBKA & HBA

Members Area

Meridian Training Updates

Final Week - Module Applications Submissions

Thursday 22nd Sept 2022 - Thursday 29th Sept 2022 - If you are planning to sit any of the modules you need to submit your intention to our Training Secretary Louise who will send you the forms to complete. Remember these are all online now.

Meridians’ Shop

Meridian purchases several items at discount and free of delivery costs on behalf of its members. A full list of these items can be viewed below.

Meridian Shop Price List

EventBrite Free Online Talks

Eventbrite offer a wide range of free online talks on beekeeping. We will highlight one or two of them each month for you here.

Just click on the link provided below each title and register your interest, once registered you will receive an email with a link for the talk.

Lars Chittka draws from decades of research, including his own pioneering work, to argue that bees have remarkable cognitive abilities.

Most of us are aware of the hive mind — the power of bees as an amazing collective. But do we know how uniquely intelligent bees are as individuals? In this lecture, I explore the bees' remarkable cognitive abilities. You will learn that they are profoundly smart, have distinct “personalities”, can recognize flowers and human faces, exhibit basic emotions, count, use simple tools, solve problems, and learn by observing others. They may even possess consciousness. I will take you deep into the sensory world of bees, and illustrate how bee brains are unparalleled in the animal kingdom in terms of how much sophisticated material is packed into their tiny nervous systems. I will also examine the psychological differences between bees and the ethical dilemmas that arise in conservation and laboratory settings because bees might feel and think. Exploring an insect whose sensory experiences rival those of humans, I will explore the singular abilities of some of the world’s most incredible creatures.

Prof. Lars Chittka studied Biology in Berlin and completed his PhD studies under the supervision of Randolf Menzel in 1993. An Adjunct Assistant Professor at Stony Brook University, USA until 1997, he then became an Assistant Professor at Würzburg University, Germany, where he completed his habilitation in 2000. He is now a full professor at Queen Mary, University of London, where he founded a new Research Centre for Psychology in 2008 and was its scientific director until 2012. He has carried out extensive work on the behaviour, cognition and ecology of bumble bees and honey bees, and their interactions with flowers. His discoveries have made a substantial impact on the understanding of animal intelligence and its neural-computational underpinnings. He has published over 250 peer-reviewed articles, and has been an editor of biology’s foremost open access journal PLoS Biology since 2004. He is an elected Member of the German National Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina), a Fellow of the Linnean Society and Royal Entomological Society, as well as the Royal Society of Biology.

The lecture is brought to you in association with BeeCraft, the independent monthly magazine about beekeeping and the world of bees.

Zoom: When you register for a ticket you will receive an automatic email confirmation with a 'View the Event' button - click and it takes you back to Eventbrite and the Zoom hyperlink is there. Also, you will receive several emails from Eventbrite on the day which will contain the link. If you don't receive it, please check your email spam folder and settings.

NOTES: The lecture will start at 7pm UK time on the 29th September 2022

Under 18s - SBKA is for everyone, but anyone under the age of 18 should be accompanied on camera by an adult


Meon Valley BKA

Meridian & Meon Valley are running events and training together that either association can attend. You can now sign up to their newsletter through this link for the latest updates.

Meon Newsletter

The Honey Show - Alresford Show

Don’t forgot there is still time to attend this year's honey show which will take place at the Alresford Show on the 3rd of September. For those of you who have never been, it is a truly brilliant day.

Future Meon Valley Events

24th September 2022

Bishop's Waltham Country Fair

Meon Valley Winter Talks & Activities
MVBKA Website

Hampshire Beekeepers Association

If you shop Amazon, you can do more than discover great deals: Simply shop at or with AmazonSmile on the Amazon Shopping app, and AmazonSmile donates to HBA at no extra cost to you.

Make sure you change your dedicated charity to Hampshire Beekeepers Association

HBA Bee Suit Badges

The HBA badges have discussed in previous newsletter as now been authorised by the HBA Trustees, these are currently being made and will be on sale soon. There is only 100 available at this time. So please reserve your badge now. If you would like one saved then please email These are priced at £2 and all monies received will be going towards putting on more events across the county.

HBA Honey Show 2022

Hampshire Beekeepers Association are once again holding the Honey Show and this year it will be held at The Great Hall in Winchester on the 1st & 2nd October.

Please check out the website for all details and on how to enter the competition.

Hampshire Honey Show 2022 The Great Hall Winchester | Hampshire Beekeepers Association

They are still looking for volunteers for both general duties and as steward for the honey judges. If you are able to spare a few hours to help please email

BBKA News & Updates

Introducing the British Beekeeping Show

Following the success of BeeTradex, we have made the decision to re-brand our established annual show. The British Beekeeping Show will be a step forward for BeeTradex, keeping the trade show feel with strong supplier backing and expanding into new pollination and beekeeping areas.

Over 2000 of you attended BeeTradex this year to browse new suppliers which is the biggest turn out we have ever had firmly establishing our show the biggest national beekeeping show. Thank you for attending free talks and lectures, meeting fellow beekeepers and make the first physical show since 2020 even better than we could have imagined!

Tickets for the British Beekeeping Show are available now at this years BeeTradex prices...

You can get 2 for 1 tickets using the code BBKS.

British Beekeepers Show 2023 Tickets

BBKA Annual Delegate Meeting 14 Jan 2023

The ADM is the opportunity for the Area Association Members (of which HBA is one) to meet and receive a report from the BBKA Executive, discuss any propositions which have been submitted by AAMs or the Executive and conduct elections to fill any vacancies. At the next ADM there will be an election to appoint four trustees and three members of the Examinations Committee

Nominations for election, and any propositions, must be submitted to BBKA by Friday 21 October 2022. Any proposals for issues that could be a proposition from HBA which any Local association might suggest will need to be discussed by the HBA Executive at its next meeting in late September. Could you please let me know by Friday 16 September if you have any suggestions for a proposition for submission to the BBKA ADM in January 2023.

The full papers for the 2023 BBKA ADM will be posted on the BBKA website by Friday 18 November 2022 and can be accessed by all members.

Useful Links

National Honey Monitoring Scheme - The NHMS is working in partnership with UK beekeepers to monitor long-term changes in the condition and health of the countryside. You can register to participate.

National Honey Monitoring Scheme

BeeConnected - A tool for connecting beekeepers to farmers using crop protection products nearby.


The National Bee Unit (Bee Base) - A tool for aspects of beekeeping from beginners information to advance bee diseases and controls.

National Bee Unit Bee Base