The Wimbledon Common Nature Club, supported by the London Wildlife Trust, met on Wednesday, 23rd August, for a session on beekeeping led by Alison Pelikan, a beekeeper with the Wimbledon Beekeepers Association.

She started by talking about the life cycle of bees and how they gather nectar to make honey, and help to pollinate our world. This was followed by a question and answer session.

The children and their families then went out onto Wimbledon Common to see how a bee hive is constructed and see how to use a smoker. They were then able to put on a bee suit and examine the bee frames for honey.

Afterwards they went back to the Information Centre to do candle rolling and make their own beeswax candle to take home.

Auriel Glanville, Club Leader, said: "We had a lovely morning thanks to Alison, who gave us a great talk and demonstration on beekeeping.  This inspired some children to say they wold like to keep bees when they are older."

The next session will be on Sunday, 3rd September "SHELTER BUILDING" Your Ray Mears moment! 

We meet at the Information Centre, Wimbledon Common, 6 - 14 year olds.  10am to 12 noon.  Newcomers 9.50am to register.
Donations welcome.
Contact: Auriel Glanville, Club Leader, on 020 8540 6154, Mobile: 07837910072  Email:

Article and photographs supplied by Auriel Glanville