Wharfedale Beekeepers Association (WBKA) promotes beekeeping through education and training. We always welcome new members and there are many different ways that you can get involved.


Tom Seeley - The Honay Factory

Tom Seeley's presentation to the 2017 National Honay Show, explaining the fascinating ways that bees organise themselves in the hive, including the newly discovered "Beep".

Combings - Autumn Edition

Combings is the newsletter for the Association. It relies on members for its content, so if you have any short articles, photos, questions, items for sale etc. which you'd like to contribute, please contact Rhona via the Contact page. The deadline for your contributions is October 1st.

Join us on Facebook

We now have a Facebook group.

Swarm Officers List

The WBKA Swarm Officers list for 2018 is now available on the Swarms page. Any Association members who would like to be added to this list should contact Rob via the Contact page.

Live Beebase updates

We now have live updates from the NBU on this page. See below left, here.

Neonicotinoids at 'chronic levels' in UK rivers, study finds

The Angling Trust, the charity Buglife, and The Rivers Trust said eight rivers in England exceeded recommended chronic pollution limits...more

Advice for new beeeepers

Probably the foremost honeybee researcher in the world, Tom Seeley gives some advice for new beekeepers.

Ivor's Annual Report for 2017

Ivor Flatman has shared with us his report on beekeeping in the North East region in 2017. You can download a copy here.

Beebase Updates

Jobs to do in This month in the apiary...


Fruit pressings at Otley Chevin Orchard Weekend of October 6th/7th.

The Orchard Community Project at The Chevin Otley is having an apple/pear pressing weekend. Just bring the fruit up to the White House with receptacles to take the juice home. This would also be an opportunity for you to visit the WBKA apiary.

WBKA AGM and Honey Show Friday 9th November, Ilkley Rugby Club, Denton Rd, Ilkley.

Full details, including the Honey Show schedule will be included in the autumn edition of combings. The Honey Show entry form will also be dowbloadable from the web site.

YBKA 2018/19 Winter Module Study Days

Are you thinking of taking any of the BBKA Module examinations, or currently studying for them? The YBKA winter module tutorials are the ideal way to learn and study with a group of likeminded beekeepers, see the YBKA Education page.

Upper Wharfedale Group Meetings NEW REGULAR VENUE.

Upper Wharfedale Group meetings are now being held at the Narrowboat in Skipton. For more information on the Local Groups, see the Members page.