Beekeeping resources on the Internet

Bee Base

The government website relating to beekeeping has a lot of valuable information on beekeeping particularly relating to disease management. We would strongly recommend registering your bees on this site in order to get the latest warning on disease outbreaks along with the support of your local bee inspector.

International Bee Research Association

The International Bee Research Association (IBRA) promotes the value of bees by providing information on bee science and beekeeping worldwide.
Its information services, which include journals, books and other publications, embrace all bee species whether managed or wild.

Bee Craft

Monthly journal providing the latest beekeeping ideas and research for beginners and seasoned beekeepers. A BeeCraft subscription is included with the Croydon Beekeepers’ Association yearly membership.

Surrey Beekeepers Association

Croydon Beekeepers is a division of Surrey Beekeepers Association. Here you can find out about our sister divisions – there may be one nearer you.

The National Honey Show

The National Honey Show

The National Honey Show is the UK’s premier honey show with international classes, a lecture convention, workshops and a bumper trade show. It provides a library of previous years’ lecture videos broadcast on their YouTube channel. The online shop provides a number of useful publications relating to processing and presenting honey, wax and mead.

David Cushman

Dave Cushman’s website is a huge resource that is considered by many to be the world’s most comprehensive and authoritative beekeeping website. Dave sadly died in 2011 but the site was taken on by Roger Patterson, also well respected in the beekeeping world.

Scientific Beekeeping

Biologist Randy Oliver and his one thousand hives helps separate fact from fiction. His goal is to provide beekeepers with a resource of readable and straightforward information on how to practice good bee husbandry.

RHS Perfect for Pollinators

The Royal Horticultural Society has some excellent information on bee-friendly plants. An excellent guidance for both beekeepers and gardeners.

Beekeeping equipment suppliers


Richard Palmer is the local agent for Thorne, one of the main UK suppliers of bees and equipment, and is a great source of both equipment and friendly advice. His contact details are on the membership list. Alternatively, if you email we can forward your message to him.

Epsom Beekeepers Division Shop

Epsom BKA runs an online shop from their apiary in Ewell Village. They carry a good stock of equipment at reasonable prices. Opening times are limited so please check before you travel.

Paynes Southdown Bee Farms

Paynes is a family-run business that was started in 1922 and is based in Hassocks, Sussex. Visitors are welcome to visit the shop were there is always friendly advice available with most shop staff being avid beekeepers or beefarmers themselves. Paynes has become particularly well known for their range of poly hives.