Welcome to Burton and District Bee Keepers Association - formerly the Burton Branch of the Derbyshire Bee Keepers Association. The ancient history of the club is very limited, but records for our Honey Show date back to 1954. In January 2017 we attained Association status in our own right, embarking on a new era. . Burton and District Bee Keepers Association welcome all with an interest in honeybees and beekeeping, from the enthusiastic beginner to the most educated Master Beekeeper to come and join us. Every one of us has something to share and offer, whether it be enthusiasm, experience, or both.
Although Covid-19 completely prevented us from running our normal programme of practically-focused meetings and apiary visits, study groups, and workshops, we are determined to resume these as soon as possible. We aim to help those new to beekeeping to develop the experience, knowledge, and skills to enable them enjoy this fascinating and ancient craft. We hope to resume our programme of informative and enjoyable monthly meetings for members in Burton, as soon as possible.
So far this year, we have completed a series of online classes, to prepare some of our newer members to venture into practical beekeeping, when we will continue to support them. We will shortly be offering a course for more experienced members to prepare for the BBKA (British Beekeepers Association) Basic Certificate in Beekeeping. We also provide classes as needed, to help those members who want to go on to expand their knowledge of different aspects of beekeeping, develop new skills, and gain recognition for this through examination by the BBKA. We have a comprehensive library available for members to borrow from which you can view elsewhere on our website.
We are the course of establishing a training apiary for all our members, thanks to the generosity of the RSPB, and the hard work of our experienced and committed members. Here we will provide practical training for our members, a small shop for beekeeping supplies, and very attractive environment for our colonies of bees who are now living there. Please see our Training Apiary pages for further details
We welcome everyone interested in bees and beekeeping; if this is you, come along to one of our meetings (we usually hold these monthly, but have until now been offering a series of talks on Zoom until we can all get together face-to-face - which we much prefer). Please see our Other Events page for our current talks).
If you are interested in joining, please go to our Membership pages, where further details can be found; if you would like any further information, please use the Contact form below, and we will be happy to respond.
And remember, beekeepers come in all shapes and sizes; from 9 years old to 80+ years old, which are you?
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