Providing beekeeping courses, bee sales
& pollination services in the Cambridge area
Welcome to Meridian Apiaries
We are a small family enterprise, stemming from a history of thatching, skep making and countryside management; beekeeping has been a natural development of our subsistence across generations.
What do you do?
Sell nucleus colonies, locally bred queen bees, offer pollination services and run beekeeping courses.
What is the offering?
At the very least, a wonderful day getting to know honeybees, perhaps sparking a small enterprise of your own. At the other end of the spectrum, increasing your agricultural yield via a targeted pollination plan alongside your cropping rotation and land use over successive years.
How much will it cost me?
- The main beekeeping course: £120.00
- A 5 frame nucleus colony: £250.00
- One of our locally bred queens: £80.00
- Pollination services: £75.00 per hive per month within the Cambridgeshire area (4 hive minimum order)
Who might this appeal to?
Anybody who has an interest in honeybees, or who is thinking about keeping their own bees, but doesn’t want to commit to the expense prior to some hands-on experience.
Different types of courses?
At the moment, our focus is establishing a reputation providing the most practically applicable and successful introduction course in the country. In time, we would love to offer more focussed training; exploring the more technical aspects of the craft, but not just yet. If you would like personal training or guidance, then please do contact us directly for a more tailored experience and cost.
What else do I need to know?
Are you allergic to bee stings? If you are, then this probably isn’t the correct website for you.
Frequently asked questions?
Yes, it is an inevitable consequence of beekeeping. However, the frequency of stings can be dramatically reduced through correct husbandry, practice and equipment; Approach the hive from behind the entrance, replace the queen biennially and do not tolerate overly defensive stock.
They behave a little like penguins – huddling for warmth, rotating their position in the ‘cluster’ to warm up – consuming the honey stored in the warmer months.
Absolutely. Although not without it’s frustrations, trying to decipher the meaning of bee behaviour provides an almost all consuming curiosity.
Yes, but positioning of the hive is very important. It is usually a good idea to check with your neighbours beforehand too.
This fluctuates throughout the year. At the colony’s peak in August, there could be approaching 60,000 bees, whereas towards the end of winter there may be fewer than 10,000 bees.
Ask local farmers if there is space for you to set up a permanent apiary. Or, join a local beekeeping club or association – you may be able to enjoy apiary visits without the cost of keeping bees yourself. Planting flowering plants in your garden or in window boxes; you’ll be surprised how far honeybees will fly to find nectar.
Where are you based?
Bluntisham, a village not too far from Cambridge or Ely. We have apiaries dotted throughout the county and run all our training courses from a dedicated training apiary in Willingham.