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