Contact or report swarm

Membership application

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If you wish to report a swarm of honeybees, please use the form. 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. Please follow this link for more information concerning bees in 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.

Application for Membership & Data Protection Statement & Opt Out Declaration


The subscription for Full Membership to the Association is £30 per annum. From this we send £22 to the Yorkshire Beekeepers Association, of which £19 is then allocated to the British Beekeepers Association. Through this affiliation with the BBKA, a member is covered for Third Party Public Liability Insurance and Products Insurance. From the subscription a further £2 is paid to Bee Diseases Insurance (BDI), which covers beekeepers for up to 3 colonies in respect of losses caused by statutorily notifiable honeybee diseases and pests. Additional colonies can be insured on payment of further premiums (the rates are available upon request from the Treasurer):- all colonies within the same apiary must be insured. Insurance is valid

Jan-Dec but payments made after 31st March only give cover after 40 days. This is not meant to discourage beginners merely to explain what happens to your subscription. Friends of the Association who attend Apiary meetings, lectures and or wish to be included on the News Letter mailing list, are asked to donate £10 per annum. This does not give Insurance Cover or affiliation to other Associations.


Our treasurer will contact you regarding payment or download  and print a paper application form



RDBKA holds information on all its members as follows:




Telephone numbers

e-mail addresses

Subscription payment details [including Gift Aid & number of hives]

For some members of the Association additional information is held concerning: Association offices & responsibilities undertaken

Examination results

Locations of apiary sites.


RDBKA discloses personal data to the following:


BBKA & YBKA: Names, addresses, membership classification

Bee Diseases Insurance Limited: Names, addresses, email addresses, number of hives

Regional Bee Inspector: Names and addresses on request

HMRC: (only for those who have signed a Gift Aid form) Names, house name/number, post code, date subscription paid and amount.



If you wish to opt out please indicate on the form opposite or download the printable form

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