Located in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia, we are proud to be the largest local beekeepers organization in the state. We boast an active membership of over 200, averaging around 80 members at each club meeting. We strive to work together to become better stewards of the honey bees we keep as well as inform the public about the importance of this wondrous little creature. To do this, we meet monthly and host a guest speaker to educate the group about some aspect of beekeeping. We also volunteer at numerous community events throughout the year to reach out and teach the public about the importance of honeybees in all of our lives.

The public is invited to attend our monthly meetings. These are generally held on the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Towne Hall wing of Towne Bank, 137 Mt. Pleasant Rd. Chesapeake, Virginia 23322.

If you are thinking about becoming a beekeeper or just interested in honeybees, please join us at one of our meetings. If you're just interested about bees (school project?) our members have a wealth of information and experience to share. If you're thinking about becoming a beekeeper, come to the meeting and find a mentor. It's never too early to get hands-on experience by apprenticing under an experienced local beekeeper. We represent all the areas of Hampton Roads, so you're guaranteed to find a mentor close to you! Stop in, share our passion for bees and nature, and enjoy some coffee and homemade snacks. We look forward to seeing you!

Upcoming events

04 Jun 2015 7:00 PM • Towne Bank, Mt Pleasant Rd, Chesapeake
20 Jun 2015 • Virginia Beach Farmers Market
11 Jul 2015 • Virginia Beach Farmers Market


Swarm Sighting??

Please help us save the bees. If you or a neighbor finds a swarm of bees on your property, don't spray- call us instead! Tidewater Beekeepers Association (TBA) provides FREE swarm removal to all residents in and around Hampton Roads. Just call the TBA Swarm Coordinator at (757) 285-4509 if you spot a honeybee swarm. An experienced beekeeper can safely (for you and the bees) remove the swarm and reintroduce it to a new hive. This keeps the honeybees from establishing their new home under your rooftop eaves, inside an exterior wall, or under a deck.

Swarming is a natural behavior in honeybees. They are generally not dangerous to you or passersby. Usually, they are much too busy looking for a new home to be interested in you! Please DO NOT spray the bees with pesticides or chemicals. Help us protect the honeybees! Our food supply depends on their hard pollination work.

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