Beekeeping Society

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Welcome to the University of Sheffield's Beekeeping Society!

WHO WE ARE: We are Beesoc, the proud owners of three hives as of Summer 2020! Our aim is to give all students an opportunity to experience beekeeping hands-on (covid-permitting!) and learn more about the fascinating lives of bees. Because bees play such a vital role in nature through pollination, we also campaign for their conservation and for bee-friendly gardening.

OUR AIMS: To include students, non-students and Sheffield-ers alike from all backgrounds and level of study and provide the opportunity to bee-keep from bee novice to bee expert.

WHAT WE DO: Due to current restrictions, this year's socials will be a bit of an experiment but we still have lots of ideas to get you involved with the society including at home craft kits, hive check videos and more! When restrictions are lowered, we hold weekly inspections on our hives which our members are welcome to come along to. Some of these hive inspections will be Give It a Go and taster events, where you will be able to see inside the hives to get a feel of how they work, and hopefully meet the queen! We have bee-suits available to wear, so don’t worry about getting stung! Once a year, we offer you the chance to complete the Sheffield Beekeepers’ Association beginner’s course, which will teach you all you need to know about managing your own hives. This takes place in February/March and is heavily subsidised by us, but places are limited.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED: Everyone is welcome at all our events (we make sure venues are wheelchair accessible), which include a wide range of activities from hive checks, wax wrap and candle craft sessions, and pub socials (again, when it is safe to do so), which we will post on our Facebook page University of Sheffield Beekeeping Society, and our instagram page @sheffieldbeesoc.

Membership for the year is only £3.50 for the academic year, or you can save yourself some money long-term and buy a 2-year membership for £6.50, 3-years for £9 or 4 years for £11. Membership gets you: Regular hive check opportunities, 50p to £1 off events throughout the year, monthly BeeSoc newsletters and discounts and deals through our sponsorships.

If you have accessibility issues or have faced discrimination in the society, please contact our Inclusions Officer, Nina (nepreston1@sheffield.ac.uk) and/or Social Secretaries, Maxine (mcole3@sheffield.ac.uk) and Dana (dhariga1@sheffield.ac.uk).

If you wish to meet a committee member before a BeeSoc event (e.g. social / GIAG / taster session) please feel free to email beekeeping@sheffield.ac.uk or Nina, our Inclusions Officer - nepreston1@sheffield.ac.uk. Your information will be kept confidential.

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