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About Us

The MBBKA serves an area bounded by Great Missenden to the south, Winslow to the north, and the county borders of Hertfordshire and Oxfordshire to the east and west.

We hold meetings on the third Wednesday of each month where, during the winter, invited speakers present on different aspects of beekeeping as well as other general topics.

During the summer the meetings are of a more practical nature and are held at our Training Apiary on the outskirts of Aylesbury.

BBKA Affiliation

The Association is affiliated to the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA).

All Full Members and Family Members automatically become members of the BBKA. The benefits of this include public liability and third-party insurance, receipt of the BBKA News, access to members-only events and training courses run by the BBKA.

BBKA membership is recommended for all members who keep bees and do not have BBKA membership under the auspices of another association. The Association also expects all members keeping bees to register on the National Bee Unit’s BeeBase.

Membership Information & Fees

We provide a varied programme of winter meetings, practical help with beekeeping and advice on many beekeeping matters including the supply of bees and equipment to those planning to take up beekeeping.

Partners and family of all members are welcome to attend local MBBKA events. AND… you do not have to be a beekeeper in order to join the MBBKA!!

Benefits from joining the MBBKA

The Association maintains a training apiary off the A413 Aylesbury to Wendover Road at Stoke Mandeville. This apiary is the venue for our monthly summer meetings (May-August), and is used for training new beekeepers, giving demonstrations of beekeeping techniques, producing nuclei for new beekeepers and providing a refuge where members can leave temporarily a difficult colony. Any surplus honey is sold to augment Association funds.

A programme of meetings is held on the third Wednesday of each month between September and April (excl. Dec). These include talks on beekeeping and bee-related topics and social events. They are held at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Southcourt, Aylesbury.
The Annual General Meeting of the Association is held in October.

A monthly Newsletter is distributed to all members by email giving details of forthcoming events and articles of interest to beekeepers.

The Association Honey Show is held annually in October at the time of the AGM. Competitions are held in various of classes of honey and other products associated with bees. Entry is free and there are cups and other awards to be won. The honey judge gives a commentary and advice on the quality of the exhibits.

Full Members and Family Members are covered for Third Party Public Liability and Products Liability through the BBKA policy to the value of £10 million.

New beekeepers who obtain bees during the year must upgrade their membership in order to obtain the insurance benefits.  Details of the insurance included in BBKA membership can be found here.

The Association aims to provide basic training for new beekeepers and help existing beekeepers improve their skills. Every year we hold a Beginners’ course for new beekeepers, or anyone interested in the learning about the craft of beekeeping, with theory sessions during February and March and practical sessions at the Association apiary later in the season.

Training for the BBKA Basic Assessment is provided for those who have kept bees for more than one year and advice is available for more experienced beekeepers wishing to take advanced examinations including study groups for the BBKA Module exams. Members also undertake visits to schools, summer exhibitions and talks to interested groups.

The Association has a comprehensive library of books, pamphlets, training notes and videos which are available for loan at the winter meetings.

The Association has a motorised honey extractor and two manual extractors which are available for hire to members.  The Association’s frame boiler and steam wax extractor may be borrowed free of charge. These are in the keeping of the Apiary Manager, to whom enquiries should be addressed.

The Association provides assistance in purchasing or disposal of unwanted stocks and swarms. Details are published in the Newsletter. Secondhand equipment for sale is also advertised from time to time.

Membership Subscription Forms

To join, renew or upgrade your membership, please download and complete the appropriate form from below…

Membership Subscription 2024
Membership Subscription 2024

Download your new/renewal membership subscription application for 2024.

Membership Upgrade Form 2024
Membership Upgrade Form 2024

Upgrade from Associate to Full or Family membership for 2024.

Membership subscription remains unchanged for 3 years.

Full Membership

£ 33
  • For members keeping bees
  • Inc. BBKA membership with monthly magazine and Public & Product Liability Insurance.

Family Membership

£ 49
  • For households keeping bees
  • Inc. additional membership of the BBKA with full insurance cover for a partner/family member at the same address for keeping bees, collecting swarms etc.

Associate Membership

£ 12
  • For those with an interest in the craft of beekeeping and Association activities, but not currently keeping bees.
  • Also for beekeepers who are Full Members of another association.