Join Us

Membership of Shipston-on-Stour BeeKeepers benefits all beekeepers, both new and experienced, and most importantly, the bees themselves. If you keep honey bees and are not yet a member you may like to consider joining us.

Some of the benefits of membership include:

Shipston Beekeepers Introduction to Beekeeping course 2021
Shipston BeeKeepers Introduction to Beekeeping Course 2021
  • Support through practical sessions, discussions and meetings with other Beekeepers, which is especially important for new beekeepers; it’s reassuring to know there is experienced help and advice available when you need it. If a new beekeeper you might want to attend our regular twice-weekly evening sessions at the Training Apiary to develop your knowledge and skills. We also have a  Beekeeping Forum where you can post your beekeeping questions.
  • Information and help with the control of disease. This is vital for the future of the Honey Bee in the UK. Beekeepers need to be informed if they are to practice good husbandry in BeeKeeping and help to sustain the species and its valuable contribution to agriculture.
  • Training and support to enable you to take the BBKA Basic exam and then progress on to more advanced beekeeping qualifications.
  • Free seminars and lectures, that mainly take place over the winter months when there is little actual beekeeping to do.
  • Opportunities for showing honey and other products at local, regional and national honey shows.

And by joining Shipston BeeKeepers you also gain:

  • Automatic membership of BBKA (The British BeeKeepers’ Association) with which you also get their monthly magazine, BBKA News, and Public Liability Insurance.
  • Membership of Warwickshire BeeKeepers Association (at Shipston Beekeepers we are a Branch of Warwickshire BeeKeepers Association) and their monthly newsletter.
  • Insurance, provided by Bee Diseases Insurance Limited (BDI Ltd), that covers members in the event of the statutory destruction of hives on account of statutorily reportable diseases and pests .There is a small premium for this insurance and it is a condition of membership of BBKA.

Interested in joining us?

Please fill in the online form