The Richmond & District Beekeepers' Association

The Richmond & District Beekeepers’ Association (RDBKA) is based in the area around Richmond, North Yorkshire. We are affiliated to the Yorkshire Beekeeping Association (YBKA) and the British Beekeeping Association (BBKA). We are also a registered charity by virtue of our educational role. We welcome beginners, or those just considering beekeeping, and run an annual starters' weekend as well as a 10 week winter course. We meet monthly, indoors during the winter and at various apiaries during the summer for practical demonstrations. The main event of the year is the Honey Show, in October, when members can put their skills to the test. See the events page for further information on our meetings and meeting places.

Teaching Apiary

In 2015 the RDBKA built a new “Teaching Apiary” in lower Wensleydale, the purpose of which is to provide education and promotion of all aspects of the craft of beekeeping to all members of the RDBKA regardless of experience. Our teaching apiary is the main location where we can provide ‘hands on’ teaching, with practical demonstrations and an opportunity to discuss all aspects of beekeeping.  Members have the opportunity not only to attend association meetings here but also to accompany the Apiary “carers” on their weekly visits (in season) to practice handling skills, hygiene methods and beekeeping techniques. The teaching apiary currently hosts 2 working colonies for demonstration purposes. Both hives are modified nationals with mesh floors. We welcome beginners and those considering taking up the hobby, and we can provide protective clothing for your visit.

Honeybee Swarms

If you wish to report a swarm of honeybees, please use the contact page. We shall do our best to collect them and find them a good home. Please bear in mind that we are a voluntary group. No charge is made and an RDBKA member may not be available at once. This also applies to referrals from the District Council. We cannot collect from places requiring high ladders or undertake any modifications to buildings. We cannot use or advise on the use of pesticides. We only collect honeybees. For advice on distinguishing honeybees from other bees and wasps follow this link and follow the help with swarms links.

Joining the RDBKA

Full details are on the CONTACT page

Members' page, and newsletters

The Members' page also contains links to all recent newsletters, membership fees and other useful information.


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