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TBA will be having its annual honey judging contest. Things will be a little different this year due to Covid 19, but we didn’t want to miss out on the fun of good competition. We will be collecting samples of a minimum of 4 oz and ask that you follow all standard health and safety practices when preparing your sample. Jars will not be returned as a part of health and safety practices. Samples will be judged according to the rules posted by a group of outside judges. Awards will be sent via email and the Winners announced at our November Zoom meeting. If you have any questions please contact us at tidewaterbeekeepers1@gmail.com

If you missed our last meeting you can see it here or on our YouTube channel

Swarming is a honey bee colony’s natural means of reproduction. In the process of swarming, a single colony splits into two or more distinct colonies.

If you or a neighbor see a swarm of honey bees 


Call us 757-285-4509

We will send a beekeeper to remove the swarm

Swarm removal is different than what is called a cut-out. When bees have moved into a structure or hollow cavity, it is no longer considered a swarm, but is an established colony. A beekeeper will come and remove the bees by cutting them out of the cavity, hence the name cut out. This process is complicated and usually not done for free because of the nature of the removal.


About Us

Located in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia, we are proud to be one of the oldest beekeeping organizations in the state. We boast an active membership of over 140 Beekeepers of all experience levels, we average 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 different, seasonally relevant aspects of beekeeping. We also volunteer at numerous community events throughout the year to reach out and teach the public about the importance of honey bees in all of our lives. If you are thinking about becoming a beekeeper or just interested in helping honey bees, please join us at one of our meetings which are always open to the public. If you’re just curious about honey bees, our members have a wealth of information and experience that we always 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. Stop in, share our passion for bees and nature, and enjoy some coffee and snacks. We look forward to seeing you!