RDBKA is an association for people who keep bees and for others interested in the craft within an area around Richmond town from Masham to Barnard Castle. It has been in existence since 1936 and like many other beekeeping associations has survived the ups and downs created by World Wars, financial markets, changing agricultural policy and local farming techniques.
RDBKA has over 100 members who range from novice to expert.
We hold monthly meets outdoors on Sundays during the Spring and Summer at members' apiaries. Winter meets are held indoors on a Monday evening and provide opportunities to learn from talks, demonstrations and discussing the year with fellow members. We can also help with swarms too.
RDBKA is affiliated to the Yorkshire Beekeepers' Association (YBKA) and the British Beekeepers' Association (BBKA).
Becoming Proficient at Beekeeping...
RDBKA offers 'Experience Days', Novices' and Beginners' Courses, Weekend Courses and can assist members wishing to take BBKA qualifications in beekeeping.
We have a Teaching Apiary for those wishing to practise their handling skills whilst supervised, and where we also hold specific demonstrations of the craft. With prior notificaion and agreement, we can also offer specific talks on beekeeping. We have a small library and, with hundreds of years of members' experience between us, we can offer sound beekeeping advice at any level.
In association with the MOD Nature Reserve Management Team, RDBKA runs an annual 'Introduction to Beekeeping' weekend at Foxglove Covert Nature Reserve, Catterick Garrison. This is a 2-day, 'hands-on' practical weekend open to anyone who might like to try their hands at beekeeping. The cost is £50 per adult or £80 per couple. This year this will be held on 27/28th May 17. THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL.
RDBKA will be running Novices (for those with no experiece) and Beginners' Courses (for those who have kept bees for a year) during the winter months. Please see website for details
Beekeeping is both an interesting and rewarding hobby, however, honeybees need to be managed and and kept heathy like any other livestock. There is much to learn.
Is it for you... before you rush out and buy some?
If you or someone around your bees suffers from anaphylactic shock then maybe beekeeping is not for you. You will get stung at some point ......
The easiest way to see if you will like beekeeping or not is to join the Association or to attend a meeting. To apply for membership or to contact us please go via the online form on our website below: