A warm welcome to Gloucestershire Beekeepers Association – GBKA.
We are is a
registered charity (no 263712) with the principal object of promoting and furthering the craft of beekeeping.
GBKA has been doing this for over 100 years and has members all over the county and from neighbouring counties.
About Gloucestershire Beekeepers Association
The seven branches of GBKA carry on most beekeeping activities. Each branch runs its own programme of lectures, talks, training sessions and apiary sessions.
The branches are
and Cheltenham and Gloucester, Cirencester and District, Dean Forest, Newent, North Cotswold, South Gloucestershire . Stroud
GBKA is a member organisation of the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA). BBKA is a national organisation that provides a wide range of services to beekeepers including insurance, information, newsletters, examination programmes and legal advice, as well as promoting beekeeping. See
the for the full range of its services, including downloadable information leaflets and articles. BBKA website
Individuals who join a branch get the benefits they offer, the benefits of GBKA and BBKA, and right to attend other branch meetings. If you would like to find out more about joining a branch go to the
page. Joining GBKA
GBKA also takes part in the
. Midland and South West Counties Convention
Latest News posts:
2017 AGM and Honey Show will be held on Saturday 25th February. This year it is being hosted by the Newent Branch and will be in Highnam Community Centre, Highnam GL2 8DG.
The programme starts at 10.00 am.
The Honey Show Schedule and Entry Form is here:
GBKA Honey Show Entry Form 2017
More details will be available later.
The National Bee Unit has confirmed that Asian hornets have been found in the Tetbury area of Gloucestershire and in North Somerset.The Asian hornet is smaller than our native hornet and poses no greater risk to human health than a bee. However, they do pose a risk to honey bees.
The wasp traps that beekeepers normally use will also catch hornets, and the National Bee Unit have provided instructions on how to make a hornet trap and what bait to use. See here:
Some beekeeping suppliers stock the Apishield Hornet trap, which costs about £50.
If you have a trap please check it regularly, check any hornets against the
Asian hornet ID sheet, and report any Asian Hornets by email to to firstname.lastname@example.org
BeeConnected is a system to notify beekeepers when a neighbouring farmer is applying insecticides to their crops.
Farmers and spray contractor are being encouraged to enter the details of when and where they are planning to spray an insecticide that may present a risk to bees, and a simple notification will be sent to neighbouring beekeepers registered with the system.
If you are a beekeeper, simply register at
, enter the position of your hives on the easy-to- use mapping system, and you will receive notifications from registered farmers when they are planning to spray their crops at a proximity of your choosing up to 5km away. beeconnected.org.uk
GBKA would like to encourage more members to aim for achieving the BBKA General Husbandry Certificate.
There is information about the qualification on the BBKA web site here:
If you would like to prepare for the assessment or would like to help others work towards it, please get in touch with our Examinations Secretary Bernie Danvers, email email@example.com or phone 01594 825063.
This is a useful little document that beekeepers can pass on to their neighbour to put them at ease when they are going to open up their hives.
I am delighted to tell you that I now have a colony of bees at our house and wanted to let you know what that means and reassure you of any concerns you may have.
This is an A4 pamphlet that you can download and pass on to your neighbours if they are not understanding all the reasons why you have bees and why you need to look at them every so often.
download the leaflet