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.


Volunteers wanted for YBKA Pavilion at Great Yorkshire Show

From Dave Shannon at YBKA: "Could you please ask your members a.s.a.p if they would like to come along to the Great Yorkshire Show and help out as a volunteer within the Y.B.K.A pavilion and bee garden. This year the show days are on Tues. the 10th, Wednesday the 11th and Thurs. the 12th of July If any of your members would like to come along please ask them contact me on 01302-772837. Volunteers are placed on the list in a first come first served basis to be fair to everyone. We require at least another 6 persons for each day. Volunteers can come along for one two or three days dependent on how many members apply. We can discuss the finer details when members call. Thank you all - your assistance would be greatly appreciated".

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.

Combings - Spring 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 April 14th.

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...


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.

YBKA Annual Spring Meeting Saturday 24 March, Manor Academy, Millfield Lane, Nether Poppleton, YORK YO26 6PA, more details here.

Training - Beginners' Course now FULL for 2018

Our next beginners course will be run in the spring as a series of evening classes, with follow-up practical classes in June.

The classroom sessions will run weekly from Wed 28 February to Wed 28 March with the final class on 18 April. They'll be held at the Horticulture Annex, Craven College, Skipton Auctin Mart. For more information or to book a place please contact Jenny via the Contact page.

The classes for 2018 are now full, but Jenny is happy to take advance bookings for 2019.

YBKA Annual Spring Meeting Saturday 24 March, Manor Academy, Millfield Lane, Nether Poppleton, YORK YO26 6PA, more details here.