Gloucestershire Beekeepers Association

A warm welcome to Gloucestershire Beekeepers Association (GBKA). New members of all ages and experience are welcome to join us.

GBKA is a registered charity with the principal objective of promoting and furthering the craft of beekeeping. GBKA has been doing this for over 100 years and has members from all over Gloucestershire and its neighbouring counties.

GBKA is a member organisation of the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA), the national organisation that provides a wide range of services to beekeepers including insurance, information, newsletters, examination programmes and legal advice.

The seven Branches of GBKA support beekeepers in their area and run their own programmes of meetings, talks, and training sessions. GBKA members can attend the meetings of any Branch.

Asian Hornet Sightings


Updated 2/7/24

GBKA Asian Hornet Action Teams

Genetic analysis indicates that

  • There is now evidence of nests reaching maturity (in 2023) and successfully overwintering in South East England.
  • The hornets trapped in Four Oaks, Kent are offspring of a nest destroyed in East Rye, Kent (Nov. 2023).
  • A hornet trapped in Denton, Kent is an an offspring of a nest destroyed in Alkham, Kent (Oct. 2023).
  • Some hornets trapped in Kent are related to hornets trapped the previous year – possibly suggesting they are from an undetected 2023 nest.
  • Hornets from the destroyed small primary nest found near Canterbury, Kent also appeared to be unrelated to any of the previously known nests. They were all triploid (queen mated with a single diploid drone) and unlikely to be fertile.


  • May, 2024

    June, 2024

    Friday 14th to Sunday 16thRoyal Three Counties ShowThe Showground, Malvern, Worcestershire, WR13 6NW


  • Royal Three Counties Show 2024

    Online entry to the Royal Three Counties Honey Show is now available (closing date May 15th). The theme for this year’s Bees & Honey Show is ‘The Beekeeping Year’ organised by Worcestershire on behalf of the three counties of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire. Read more…

  • GBKA Auction

    The GBKA auction will take place on Sunday, 12th of May 2024 at the Westbury-on-Seven Parish Hall, Rodney Road, GL14 1PF. GBKA Auction

Do you have land suitable for bees or an apiary?

If so please contact your local GBKA association secretary here.

National Bee Unit News

  •  To view location of destroyed nests please visit the map page and choose the Asian Hornet map layer   As of 04/07/2024: 24 Asian hornets have been reported in the UK 2024. 21 confirmed Asian hornet samples. 1 Asian hornet nest has been killed.     Sighting Photo  Grid Ref: Date initial sighting  Date confirmed […]
  • 17/11/2023 So far in 2023 there have been 72 Asian hornet nests found in 56 locations. Kent Following enhanced monitoring in Kent, the NBU located a nest in Rye this week. It has been destroyed and removed. NBU active surveillance will be closing down but will carry on responding to credible sightings of individuals and […]


  •   The following members of staff are based at the Stoneleigh Office.     Leigh Sidaway General Manager also General Secretary gen.manager@bbka.org.uk     Erica Challis Deputy Manager Website & Fundraising Administrator erica.challis@bbka.org.uk   Kerstin Lilley Exam Secretary Correspondence Course Manager  Training Administrator kerstin.lilley@bbka.org.uk  Diane Beck Management Accountant diane.beck@bbka.org.uk Michelle Walsh Finance Administrator & Membership […]
  • Please use the following contact details for all media enquiries: Email:  bbka@bbka.org.uk Telephone:  07544 861931  Please note:  this number is for media enquiries only.  Please DO NOT use this number for swarm or general enquiries – please use 024 7669 6679 or see below for further information. Asian Hornet Further information about the Asian Hornet including […]
  • Identify Asian Hornet  Does it look very black? Has it got a wide orange stripe on 4th segment of abdomen? Do its legs look as if they have been dipped in yellow paint?                                             […]
  • The BBKA recently took the opportunity to join the European Beekeeping Association (EBA).  This will provide a good opportunity for the BBKA to work alongside its counterparts on areas of mutual interest and to evaluate long term participation. The three primary goals of the European Beekeeping Association are: The fight against counterfeit honey that has […]
  • South of England Honey Show at the Autumn Show & Horse Trials  21st & 22nd September 2024 South of England Showground, Ardingly, RH17 6TL. 20 Classes, Cash Prizes and Trophies to be won. Further details If you wish to have your course/event listed here then please email the details to:  bbka@bbka.org.uk
  • The BBKA are putting on a series of Zoom talks for beekeepers which will also be streamed to YouTube for those unavailable to watch live.  Next Talk "Preparing for Winter" on Tuesday 20th August 2024 at 7pm with Dave Bonner; Master Beekeeper, Ex Bee Inspector This will be a great opportunity to learn how to avoid the […]