Beekeeping resources on the Internet

Bee Base

The government website relating to beekeeping and 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.This page is coming soon.

International Bee Research Association

Publishes books and journals on beekeeping. They tend to focus more on the research and scientific publications.

RHS Perfect for Pollinators

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

Scientific Beekeeping

Biologist Randy Oliver and his one thousand hives helps separate fact from fiction. His fascinating blog tests many common beekeeping practices to determine how effective they actually are.

The National Honey Show

The Show provides a number of useful publications relating to processing and presenting honey, wax and mead.

David Cushman

This website was originally set up by David Cushman. This eclectic site contains lots of useful information on equipment, beekeeping methods etc.

Bee-friendly Gardening”

Also of interest is the Flowerscapes website. They sell bee friendly flower mixes.

Bee Craft

Monthly journal providing the latest beekeeping ideas and research for beginners and seasoned beekeepers. A Bee Craft subscription is included 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.

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, and in your monthly newsletter. Alternatively, if you email we can forward your message to him.

The Little Honeybee Company

Locally produced candles, soaps and bath-time treats. Run by a Croydon member, Michelle, using local honey and wax.

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.

Epsom Beekeepers Division Shop

Based at their Apiary in Ewell Village. They carry a good stock of equipment at reasonable prices. Prices are on their website. Opening times are limited so please check before you travel.