Firstly, thank you for visiting our website. At MUBKA we love bees, and we want to encourage people of any age who may be interested in keeping bees, or even joining us just for interest. Our Associate member grade costs only £5 per year (plus a single £10 joining fee) and gives you full access to our knowledge base and website.
As you will see from our Event Calendar, we have a wide range of activities to interest and support beekeepers throughout the year, and in particular during the beekeeping season. We start with a session explaining how to get yourself and your equipment ready for the bees’ rapid expansion in the spring and follow through with various events covering bee diseases, good practice and talks on general and specialist bee related subjects.
If you don’t currently have bees, we offer a Beginners’ Course which offers spectacular value. Starting in March every year, the £70 fee (plus membership fees) covers four 2 hour theory sessions and then Beginners only practicals every Thursday evening for the rest of the season, supervised by experienced beekeepers and which are held at our Training Apiary near Twyning.
After your first season, or if you are joining as an existing beekeeper, we have regular “Improvers” evenings to provide support and to encourage your development as a beekeeper. Social contact is important to us as well, and we usually end our sessions at the local pub.
I believe that we really have something for everyone who has even a passing interest in bees. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, or would like to join our course.
|Beginners Beekeeping Courses|
From 2020 the MUBKA beginning beekeeping course will be split into two separate components; theory & practical.
The theory course runs for 4 evenings starting on Thursday March 12th with 4 sessions. The venue for the course will be Hanley Swan Village Hall.
The practical sessions will start after the end of the theory part, usually towards the mid to end of April, depending on the local weather. They are held at the MUBKA apiary at Twyning on Wednesday evenings.
The theory course is an ideal introduction for those who want to start beekeeping or just learn about the subject. For those new to beekeeping and intending to keep bees we would recommend joining the combined course.
You can take either the theory or practical sessions or for a reasonable discount, take the combined course which offers very good value for money and a cost-effective method of entering beekeeping.
At the end of the course, participants may have the opportunity to purchase a nucleus of bees to help start their own colonies & hives (depending on the season and availability).
Click HERE for further information and to apply to join either or both courses
The BBKA was set up in 1874 to promote and further the craft of beekeeping and to advance the education of the public in the importance of bees in the environment. It is the UK's leading organization representing beekeepers.
- the importance of bees in the environment
- support for beekeepers through education necessary to maintain healthy colonies of honey bees
- awareness of the craft of beekeeping
On behalf of members, they lobby Government, the EU and Official Bodies on the importance of providing adequate funding for honey bee research.
The BBKA has a Constitution sets out the rules by which it is governed and a copy of the Constitution can be found on the BBKA website. For further information, go to their website.