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!

Swarm Sighting?

If you or a neighbor finds a swarm of honey 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.

Call: (757) 285-4509
One of our club members will be dispatched to your location to remove the swarm.

Need a Speaker?

TBA has been providing FREE Beekeeping presentations to public schools, garden clubs, Rotary Clubs, Boys and Girls Scouts troops, home school groups, and other organizations in Tidewater for the past 25 years. 

Tidewater Beekeepers Association provides educational speakers and presentations free of charge to Chesapeake, Virginia Beach & Norfolk Area.

To request a speaker please email events@tidewaterbeekeepers.net

VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER SERVICES

BEEKEEPING & APIARY INSPECTION

Since their introduction in the early 1600s, honey bees have been an essential part of agriculture in North America. Production of honey is the most widely viewed benefit of honey bees. However, their value as pollinators far exceeds honey production.

The Virginia Bee Law authorizes an apiary inspection program which promotes the science of beekeeping, as well as regulates the movement of honey bees into the state and the sale of bees, queens and used bee equipment. The Virginia Bee Law requires that honey bees on combs, hives and equipment with combs must be accompanied by a certificate of health issued by the Office of Plant Industry Services prior to being sold in Virginia. In addition, any person who brings honey bees on combs or used equipment with comb into the Commonwealth must first obtain an Entry Permit from Virginia’s State Apiarist. Queens and packaged honey bees brought into the Commonwealth must be accompanied by a certificate of health issued by the state of origin.

To facilitate communication between beekeepers and agricultural producers and pesticides applicators VDACS has acquired BeeCheck™, Apiary Registry by FieldWatch®. The program is an on-line system for mapping apiary locations and providing beekeeper contact information. Participation is free and voluntary.

For interstate movement of hives, Virginia uses a uniform inspection certificate. Virginia also participates in the Mid-Atlantic States Agreement, which specifies inspection requirements for bee diseases and pests.

Office of Plant Industry Services staff members frequently give presentations, participate in demonstrations and conduct programs to educate the public about the importance of honey bees, beekeeping practices and pollination.

Services & Resources

Contact
Keith Tignor 
State Apiarist
804.786.3515
VABees@vdacs.virginia.gov

Click here for Office of Plant Industry Services contact information.

Beekeeping Best Management Practice

LINK: Best Management Practices

Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Office of Plant and Pest Services

P.O. Box 1163

Richmond, VA 23218

Telephone: 804.786.3515

FAX: 804.371.7793

Email: VABees@vdacs.virginia.gov

Website: http://www.vdacs.virginia.govState Apiarist Keith Tignor

email: keith.tignor@vdacs.virginia.gov

Event Calendar

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