Winter meetings

Winter meetings are held at 7.30pm in Colburn Village Hall, unless stated otherwise.  Speakers are a mix of outside people and our own members, covering a wide range of topics. We are well equipped with a digital projector and stereo and compound microscopes. Details of meetings are given in our monthly newsletter. RDBKA members also have access to YBKA and BBKA events, facilities and insurance.

Summer meetings

Summer meetings are usually held at member's apiaries on a changing basis. It is generally necessary to wear a veil at least as these events are mainly practical demonstrations with active honeybee colonies. Demonstrations generally cover problem solving, best techniques for examining a colony, disease recognition, queen finding, honey production and swarming. There is always something of interest and usually a difference of opinion!


Sunday 10th Sept Processing Heather Honey &

Processing Wax for Recycling by Phillip Braithwaite


Monday October 16th 7.30, Richmond Cricket Club. Honey Show & Social


Thursday November 16th 7.30, Colburn Village Hall. AGM

Introduction to beekeeping weekend

We run an annual Introduction to beekeeping weekend at the Foxglove Covert Local Nature Reserve.


The program consists of a number of talks by experienced beekeepers. Topics  include what the bees and beekeepers do between January and December, beekeeping equipment and beekeeping techniques. The afternoon sessions will focus on handling bees. The practical sessions are weather dependent so the program is flexible.


2017 Beginners Weekend will be the second bank holiday in May, Sat 27 & Sun 28th, at Foxglove Covert.



Download details of this course:


Beekeeping for Beginners Weekend information


Booking form for Beginners Weekend





A Course in What Every New Beekeeper NEEDS to Know

The Winter Course is intended for new members of the Association. It covers all the important things new & nearly new beekeepers need to know in the first few years with bees.  The course runs for 10 sessions over the winter on a Tuesday night.


The course was created around BBKA Novices course material and can be used as a foundation for taking the BBKA Basic Certificate. Content includes two sessions on the Natural History of Bees, one each on Equipment & Local Forage, two on Colony Management, two on Disease in Adult Bees & in Brood, one on Swarms and one on First Aid and Setting up an Apiary.


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