The Association's activities are supported primarily by the amazing efforts of its volunteers, as well as membership fees. The volunteers take time from their often busy personal lives in order to help to maintain the Association, despite being under no obligation to do so. Without them, the IWBKA would not exist.
Should you wish to discuss the possibility of being a member, a volunteer or indeed, would like any advice on beekeeping matters, please don’t hesitate to contact us. As volunteers, although we try to do our best, we cannot promise we will be able to respond promptly to queries.
For swarms specifically, please contact the respective volunteers listed in the second table.
|Chair||Liz Van Wykemail@example.com|
|Secretary||Adriana McCannfirstname.lastname@example.org / 07479 113119 (text/message only)|
|Membership Secretary||Frank Stevens||01983 523056
|Beginners' Beekeeping Courses||Carol Bradshaw /||01983 295096 /|
|Terri Burt||07748 886246|
We really appreciate your wish to remove bees in a humane way and, while a good number of swarms are found in relatively safe to access places, some are not. Rescuing bees from, for example, high buildings and chimneys is usually a very complex task, as it often involves ladders or even scaffolds, and thus need to be undertaken by professionals specialised in, and insured for, this sort of swarm collection.
Our team of volunteers are not trained or ensured to perform such a task, but thankfully there are companies who specialise in this sort of work, for example the ones listed below (there may be others that can provide the same or similar services):
- Darren George, Hampshire Bee Company; 07778 141 505
- SwarmCatcher, email@example.com
For more standard swarm collection in the Isle of Wight, the contact details are listed below. Please note that, while these volunteers take time from their own personal lives to help with the removal of bees, they are under no obligation to do so.
|Terri Burt (swarm coordinator)||West Wight & Cowes||01983 295096 / 07833 394730|
|Carol Bradshaw||West Wight & Cowes||07748 886246|
|Christine McClellan||All except West Wight|
|George Bignell||East Wight||07817 692083 (not on Whatsapp)|
|Derek Sothcott||East Wight, Shanklin, Wootton||07887 657022 (not on Whatsapp)|
|Bob Bromley||West Wight||07752 262668|
|Neil Oliver||Cowes and South to Newport. West to Shalfleet and Calbourne||07969 258366|
|Laura Sadler||All areas||07900 105676|