Reading and District Beekeepers' Association
Providing support to beekeepers in and around Reading

 

The Reading and District Beekeepers Association (RBKA) provides amateur beekeepers in the Reading area with support and opportunities to meet other beekeepers and to learn more about their craft.

The association exists to care for health and well-being of honey bees in and around Reading. We promote the craft of beekeeping through education and public engagement activities. RBKA also provides a voluntary swarm collection service through which experienced members of the association will collect swarms and move them to a location which is safe for the bees and for the public.

RBKA is affiliated to the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA), so that all members of RBKA are automatically members of BBKA. Membership of BBKA provides benefits such as insurance cover and access to BBKA educational material.

In normal circumstances, before the pandemic, RBKA ran a range of events for members and the public. Some activities continue, including an annual course of lectures for new beekeepers, giving them the basic knowledge needed to set up a colony of bees in the Reading area, a mentoring service which pairs new beekeepers with experienced association members, online educational courses for more experienced beekeepers who want to develop and deepen their knowledge of bees through study, and evening lectures giving entertaining and useful insights into the art of beekeeping.

There is also an association apiary, run by volunteers, at all levels of experience, from among the membership. When it is possible, the apiary will be used to demonstrate beekeeping techniques to new members.