To sleep or not to sleep

It has often been said that honeybees never sleep. However experimental observation has shown that honeybees do have occasional short periods that last about 30 seconds when their antenna droop and they become relaxed and unresponsive, exhibiting a sleep like state. The frequency of these sleep periods alters as bees age and change their tasks.

Journal of experimental biology

The Association's apiary in North Shropshire


The Association maintains an apiary at an organic farm in North Shropshire. We hold regular meetings at the apiary during the summer, where members old and new can gain experience in handling bees.

Our Vision

visionWe encourage and develop
the art and science of bee keeping

visionWe strive to educate
Through group meetings, practical out apiary events and educational support 


The North Shropshire Beekeepers' Association - to encourage and develop the art and science of bee keeping