Winchester and District Beekeepers’ Association (WDBKA) members enjoy a number of membership benefits as well as the good company of those with a shared interest.

Membership of parent bodies

As a member of WDBKA you also become a member of the Hampshire Beekeeping Association (HBA) and the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA).
BBKA is the national representation for beekeeping and beekeepers in the UK. You will receive a monthly copy of BBKA News and have access to a large online library of reference and training materials.

Practical experience and formal education

WDBKA encourages its members to keep up to date with current advice and research in apiculture.
Our continuing education is achieved both through apiary visits and supported individual studies for the BBKA practical and theory exams. Our Education Secretary encourages all our beekeepers to take the Basic Assessment within 2-3 years of starting beekeeping.

Throughout the summer months WDBKA meets at members’ apiaries within a few miles of Winchester, where experienced beekeepers explain and demonstrate seasonal skills. These meetings are an excellent opportunity for new beekeepers to get some hands on experience and for experienced beekeepers to exchange views and ideas.

During the winter months WDBKA holds evening meetings on a wide range of topics. There is plenty of time to ask questions and discuss beekeeping and of course, to socialise over tea and biscuits.

Resources

WDBKA has a number of resources available for its members and the Committee will always consider requests for new items:

  • equipment: e.g. heated uncapping tray, motorised centrifugal extractors
  • apiaries: there are two association apiaries where members can keep their hives
  • members can access substantial resources about apiculture held by HBA and BBKA.

Insurance

Although we hope you never need it as a full member of WDBKA you will have public liability insurance. WDBKA is also a member of the Bee Diseases Insurance (BDI) plan. This plan gives you a level of cover against losses if your colonies are affected by certain bee diseases.

WDBKA newsletter

We email you a monthly newsletter which contains a round up of local and national news, seasonal tips and upcoming events.

Becoming a member

To join WDBKA or if you are still thinking about whether beekeeping is for you please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You are welcome to join us for a few meetings to see if beekeeping is something you would like to do.