Click here to contact your regional swarm coordinator.



If you are thinking about taking up Beekeeping, then why not try one of our taster sessions? Check our 'Events' Page  for details of our  2020 Taster Sessions. 


Taster Sessions may be booked by emailing  your details to:

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Recent News and Announcements

COVID-19 update

Following the latest advice from the Government on 16th March we are sorry to say that all WNKLBA events are cancelled for the foreseeable future.

We will monitor the situation and if possible, reinstate events should Government guidelines suggest it is safe to do so.  Apologies for any inconvenience.  


Please see below for information regarding members sales.


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Please join us on our Facebook Group here where we'll be happy to offer continued help and support.



Don't forget - access to the members area is now using the new password which can be found on the membership receipt.



Upcoming Events:





Sat 28th March 2.30pm CANCELLED Opening Hives at the Start of the Season (demo) Rougham Apiary
Fri 3rd to
Sun 5th April
7am - 2.30pm

CANCELLED BBKA Spring Convention

Harper Adams University College, Telford, TF10 8NB


Asian Hornet latest

On Friday 4th October 2019 a nest was destroyed following the confirmed sighting of an Asian hornet near Christchurch, Dorset after it was reported by a member of the public.

We continue to ask beekeepers and the general public to remain vigilant and report suspect sightings using ‘Asian Hornet Watch’ app (see links below), by filling out an online report form or emailing .

Further information can be found



Got a Swarm? If you discover a honey bee swarm please contact our swarm co-ordinators:

Kings Lynn & West Norfolk - Barry Thrower 01553 810001
North Norfolk - Barry Walker-Moore 07833 915340


For all other areas, swarms, or for more information, please see our services page


How to Make and Asian Hornet Monitoring Trap.  If you wish to learn how to make an Asian Hornet Monitoring Trap, there is a useful YouTube guide here.   Written instruction from the National Bee Unit are contained here.


Asian Hornet Watch - A Smartphone App For Reporting Suspected Asion Hornet Sightings.  Asian Hornet Watch is an app designed to record and help the early detection of Asian Hornet in the UK following the first confirmed record in September 2016.  You might wish to download this to your smartphone:

Click here for Android phones  and Here for Apple Iphones.


Introduction From the Chair


A change of face for 2019! I am delighted to be taking on the Chair of WNKLBA and shall do my very
best to build on the excellent work carried out by my worthy predecessors.

The Association has enthusiastic and talented committee members who work hard to make WNKLBA
such a welcoming, friendly and pleasant group to be a part of.


We are so incredibly fortunate to have a lovely apiary, providing ever improving facilities, where we can carry out the education and training programmes that we feel are so important in helping new members learn and improve their beekeeping skills.

We also run taster sessions which are designed to let complete novices look inside a hive and discover the magical world that lies within. For those who might be interested in learning more, we run a very comprehensive Beginners’ course, led by experienced beekeepers in a series of theory and practical sessions during the Spring and early Summer. Following on from this Beginners’ course is the Improvers’ course, the following year, which is intended to help the new beekeepers through their early years of beekeeping.  


The BBKA offer some more formal assessments and qualifications which members of the education team are pleased to help with and advise on.

As an association we also stage one-off events and training sessions, lectures, and seasonal demonstrations which are designed to be of interest to all members, however long standing they may be.


Other benefits to be had from being a member of WNKLBA include the bulk buying scheme which greatly reduces the cost of jars, feed and medication.  Our newsletter, Beeaware, is produced regularly and includes interesting articles, information about forthcoming meetings, offers to be had, and a lot of other things of beekeeping interest.


We look forward to welcoming you to as many of our meetings as you can attend.  All new and longstanding members are always made welcome.  There is something for everyone.


With my very best wishes for this Beekeeping season,


Venetia Rist (Chair)


Books, Suppliers, DVDs, Bookshops and Recipes.

For a list of our recommended books, equipment suppliers, DVDs and bookshops - also includes honey based recipes submitted by our members for the Sandringham Flower Show - please download our Links Page.


Contact the FERA Regional Bee Inspector at the National Bee Unit:

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