• 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?


28 Oct 2019

October members monthly meeting

Members only | Free

ME18 6JS, Yalding Village Hall

Latest News

LEGO Beehive

13 Sep 2019 | 11:11 pm

Real hive built from LEGO

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Honey Bees Make Honey ... and Bread?

16 May 2019 | 8:25 am

Great article on honey bees and pollen

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Second Asian Hornet nest found and destroyed near Christchuch, Dorset

Posted on 11 October 2019 | 1:25 am

A second Asian Hornet nest was destroyed near Christchurch, Dorset today. It is likely to be a primary nest, related to the nest destroyed last week. Genetic analysis will be carried out to investigate relatedness between the nests.

We continue to ask beekeepers and the general public to remain vigilant and report any suspect sightings using the iPhone and Android app ‘Asian Hornet Watch’, by filling out an online report form or by emailing alertnonnative@ceh.ac.uk.

Asian Hornet confirmed near Christchurch, Dorset

Posted on 7 October 2019 | 1:25 am

On Friday 4th October a nest was destroyed following the confirmed sighting of an Asian hornet near Christchurch, Dorset after it was reported by a member of the public.

We continue to ask beekeepers and the general public to remain vigilant and report suspect sightings using the iPhone and Android app ‘Asian Hornet Watch’, by filling out an online report form or by emailing alertnonnative@ceh.ac.uk .

Further information can be found here.

Update on Small hive beetle in Italy

Posted on 13 September 2019 | 1:25 am

Following the new case of Small hive beetle (Aethina tumida) confirmed in June in the province of Syracuse in Sicily the European Commission published safeguard measures on Tuesday 10th September. Further details of the surveillance in Italy can be found on the Italian National Reference Laboratory website.

UK authorities remain active in preparing and monitoring for the Small hive beetle and this summer a contingency training exercise was run by the National Bee Unit (NBU) in Wales with the Welsh Government to train Inspectors on plans and protocols.

Apiary and Education

Posted on 16 October 2019 | 8:01 pm

Help BBKA raise funds for our new schools learning Apiary which will be a live resource for learning about the environment and pollinators Our plans include wildlife pond for frogs and newts and as a source of water for the bees planting to maximise forage throughout the year accessible pathways 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 hives from all around the world  Our offices in Stoneleigh provide the perfect location for our new visitor centre as we are in the heart of England and can welcome visitors from all over the UK. Children will come with their school classes and learn about bees and mini-beasts and food security and have a live bee display with one of our beekeepers. Lots of children get ‘bitten by the bug’ this way and with their interest in beekeeping awakened, will return to it in later years. It’s imp...

Commercial Partners

Posted on 16 October 2019 | 2:45 pm

BBKA would like to extend a huge thank you to our sponsors: 2BScientific 2BScientific are passionate about all bees (after all this is why they named the company 2BScientific(!)). They contribute £1 for every order helping us to fund research into essential studies to help understand and reverse the bees decline. Long may this wonderful support continue. For more information please visit:  https://www.2bscientific.com/ *** Beachcomber Holiday Park Beachcomber is the ideal location to enjoy a relaxing break on a fun  filled family holiday. Situated in the popular coastal resort of Cleethorpes, it is the perfect place to enjoy traditional seaside fun with plenty of fantastic attractions on offer. The park has taken the David Bellamy Conservation Awards 'Honey Bee Pledge' and have committed even further by becoming a corporate donor of the BBKA. Thank you Beachcomber for your level of devotion to our UK honey bees! For more information please visit:  ...

Anne Rowberry, Master Beekeeper - Vice Chair, Chair Education & Husbandry, sits on Standing Orders & Governance, Research, HR and BBKA News Committees

Posted on 16 October 2019 | 12:48 pm

Anne Rowberry -Vice Chair I am committed to developing beekeeping and improving bee husbandry; I give lectures and practical demonstrations to other Associations, belonging to Avon myself. I believe strongly in getting young people involved in learning about bees and beekeeping and in encouraging an understanding of these wonderful creatures. Since taking early retirement, after a career in teaching and charity work overseas, I am able to further pursue my interests in bees and in Chelonia. Email here