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.


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 CHANGE OF VENUE.

The February meeting of the Upper Wharfedale Group will be held at The Woolly Sheep in Skipton, not the Cross Keys. The March meeting will be at The Narrowboat, also in Skipton. For more information on the Local Groups, see the Members page.

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.

Social Evening and Quiz Friday 26 January, 7.30pm Ilkley Moor Vaults

A quiz (not all about bees) is proposed. The evening is also open for any other contributions. Partners, friends and expert quizzers welcome. Wanted: a quiz master for the night. Volunteers to contact the Secretary please.

A Palaentologist's Perspectve on the Evolutionary History of Bees

March, Wednesday 7 March, 7.30pm Christchurch, Ilkley, a talk by Dr. John Varker

YBKA Annual Spring Meeting Saturday 24 March, York - more details to follow