• Welcome to the Yalding & District Beekeepers

  • Interested in the facinating world of Bees ?

  • Wondered what these boxes are in the countryside ?

  • Or have you found a swarm?

  • Then, why not contact us?


Membership to Yalding and District Beekeeping Club has many advantages, read more here.


The branch meets each month, throughout the year. Click here to find out more.


Have you found a swarm and you need help?


26 Jul 2019

Family Day

Members only | Free

ME18 6EX, The Gardens Yalding

Latest News

Honey Bees Make Honey ... and Bread?

16 May 2019 | 8:25 am

Great article on honey bees and pollen

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Tunbridge Wells insecticide pollution traced to sewage plant

30 Jan 2019 | 7:31 pm

Most beekeepers are well aware of the threat pesticides pose for pollinators but here is a local story of pesticide pollution from a source that certainly surprised me.

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Gmail Account - Emails Being Filtered

Posted on 30 June 2019 | 11:11 pm

We are having a few enquiries from beekeepers with Gmail accounts regarding our emails not being received.

Please add nbu@beebaseadmin.fera.co.uk to your safe senders list to try get our emails past the junk filtering system, as this is the address the automated emails are sent from.

Some beekeepers have also told us that they found the automated emails in a different junk folder, once they logged in to their Gmail account on a desktop computer.

Please try these methods and if you still experience issues contact the NBU Office: nbuoffice@apha.gov.uk

Swarms of honeybees

Posted on 29 May 2019 | 11:11 pm

The National Bee Unit has been receiving a large amount of calls regarding honey bee swarms. Please note that we do not deal with swarms, however, you may find the following advice useful in re-directing your enquiry:

First of all it is important to establish what sort of insect it is. Usually, beekeepers are only willing to assist with honey bees. The British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) website holds list of volunteer Swarm Collectors and has a very useful identification and guidance page.

E-Learning Module - Technical Issues

Posted on 27 May 2019 | 11:11 pm

Please note we are experiencing technical issues with our online e-learning courses when using Internet Explorer.

This has been reported to IT and is under investigation.

Please accept our apologies for this, in the meantime, the courses can be still be accessed using Chrome or FireFox.

BBKA Membership renewal (British)

Posted on 26 June 2019 | 1:02 pm


Swarm removal

Posted on 26 June 2019 | 12:20 pm

There are over 250 types of bees in the UK but there is only one european honey bee (Apis mellifera).  Please see below to identify what type of bee you have and who to approach for help and information.  Our members are volunteers who can only help with honey bees. If you feel you need to have the bees destroyed please contact a local pest controller.  Bees are endangered but they are not protected. Our beekeepers are only able to help in cases of honey bee swarms. To support the work of the BBKA please DONATE STEP 1: Identifying honey bees If the insects are not honey bees, this part of the website shows you how to recognise other insects  and  gives some advice on what to do. Bumblebees Bumblebees are often confused with honeybees. However they are rounder, larger and furrier and come with a variety of coloured stripes across the end of their tails. Are they in a bird box, under the decking, in the compost? Bumblebees are important polli...

Apiary and Education

Posted on 26 June 2019 | 9:30 am

Our Apiary will be a live resource for learning about the environment and pollinators Our plans include a wildlife pond for frogs and newts and as a source of water for the bees complete redesign of planting to include maximum forage throughout as much of the year as possible  accessible for the elderly and those in wheelchairs sensory garden building with a glass or Perspex panel so those either allergic to, or scared of bees, can still see them up close Alongside all this fantastic work outside... We will welcome schools and community groups onsite and make a shared learning space of our hall. We will change the access route to larger groups and have disabled toilets installed. With this in place we will be in better stead to teach all sorts of different groups about the importance of bees, food security and the environment.