British Beekeepers' Association

If you are thinking of starting to keep bees, we highly recommend that you join your local Beekeeping Association. The BBKA is a charity made up of over 63 local associations and has over 15,000 members. They are very helpful in getting new beekeepers started. What do you get for joining?


Many local beekeeping associations run beekeeping courses which cover the basics of good beekeeping. Many of the courses are over subscribed and it is often hard to get a place so you will need to book early. Omlet also offer good beekeeping courses, from taster sessions to complete courses, and if you would like more information please visit the courses page.

Lectures And Bee Books

Most associations have a wide range of lectures covering all manner of beekeeping topics. They run throughout the year and cover interesting topics such a hive management to disease control. Most associations also have a really good book library which you can use free of charge.


You will get public liability insurance for all beekeeping activities and also product insurance. Product insurance covers you in the unlikely event that your bees catch American Foulbrood (a rare disease). In this unfortunate situation your hive would have to be destroyed by a Bee Inspector and the insurance should cover the cost of a new hive for you.

Friendly Advice

Last but not least - the beekeeping associations are full of like minded friendly people. You can get advice about your hives, find someone with bees to spare and make friends.

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Easby, 10 August 2019

I am secretary of an allotment site. A plot holder has a 'Introductory qualification for keeping bees, is she eligible for keepng bees or does she need to finish her course. Can you also tell be how many hives should be kept on 15ft x 90ft site. Also is there a limit to the number of hives that can be kept on an allotment site. Thanks

Cait, 8 August 2019

Good evening my names Cait and I was wondering if you could help me. I recently moved into a house with a wonderful garden full of plants and I was wondering how I could help the bees! I’ve looked into purchasing a “bee barn” however the reviews were not the best...I’m not looking to become a bee keeper as such I’d just like to think I’m helping them out in some way as I’m aware they’re in decline and it saddens me. Thank you in advance and kind regards Cait

Alex, 30 November 2018

Do you have contacts who I could refer to in the Dordogne region of France. I am looking to begin beekeeping next Spring and would dearly appreciate all the advice and guidance I can get. I would also be most interested in attending courses, lectures and seminars in the UK. Thank you

Kate, 25 April 2018

Really informative. Enjoyed reading and really helpful. Thank You.

Lynda, 11 April 2013

Fabulous information on a subject i knew very little about, but wanted to get involved with sooo much. Thankyou for the invaluable info !!!

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