Welcome to HDBKA
Huddersfield & District Bee Keeping Association
Welcome to our website, where we aim to support and promote the work of the Association by providing regular updates on news, association events and other topics of interest, whether you are a local bee keeper yourself or interested in supporting honey bees in other ways.
Don't forget we also have an active Facebook group, where you can ask questions, discuss relevant issues, etc. Why not join the group today?
Dates for Your Diary
Association 2024 Programme
We've got an exciting year of varied activities planned, whether you're a beekeeper or not.
Many of our activities are also open to non-members and/or to members of neighbouring associations. We have a number of spare bee suits available on request for people wishing to come along to one of our apiary open days or taster sessions.
We are always happy to take ideas and suggestions for future events.
Beekeeping for Beginners
We are now taking bookings for our 2024 Beekeeping for Beginners course.
Whether you are a complete beginner or have some experience already, this is a great opportunity to learn new skills, improve your knowledge, gain confidence and make new friends.
The course covers theory and practical hands-on learning including handling bees in our club apiary. Our aim is that by the end of the course you will feel confident to keep your own colony of bees.
Honey bees are under increased threat from climate change, virus and parasites, pesticides and chemical use, and a loss of their natural habitat.
During the winter, although colonies become dormant, on bright days they will still come out in search of food. Having a range of flowering plants they can visit throughout the year for nectar and pollen is key to ensuring a healthy colony with good stores so they can survive the winter.
You can help support bees by planting bee-friendly plants in your garden or window box.