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 2022 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.
Honey Bee Swarms
Between April and July bee colonies can sometimes swarm. This amazing natural process allows colonies to reproduce. Usually the swarm will settle in a tree or on a post and cluster into a ball. They will wait here until scout bees find a new home for them.
We can only help with moving honey bee swarms, and not with wasps, hornets, or bumble bee nests.
Visit our Swarm page for details about how to identify honey bees and what to do if you think you have found a swarm cluster.
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.