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Richmond Beekeepers Association in North Yorkshire
Richmond and District Beekeepers' Association, North Yorkshire



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The Richmond & District Beekeepers' Association (RDBKA)

RDBKA is an association for people who keep bees and for others interested in the craft within an area around Richmond town from Masham to Barnard Castle.

We are affiliated to the Yorkshire Beekeeping Association (YBKA) and the British Beekeeping Association (BBKA). We are also a registered charity by virtue of our educational role.


We welcome beginners, or those just considering beekeeping, and run an annual starters' weekend as well as a 10 week winter course. We meet monthly, indoors during the winter and at various apiaries during the summer for practical demonstrations. The main event of the year is the Honey Show, in October, when members can put their skills to the test. See the events page for further information on our meetings and meeting places.

Asian Hornet Alert

Asian Hornet

The Asian Hornet (Vespa Velutina) is a real threat to our native honey bee population & we'd like to appeal to you to report ANY sightings. 

Asian hornets can be distinguished from their native European counterparts by their abdomens, which are entirely dark except for a single band of yellow - native European hornets’ abdomens are predominantly yellow. Asian Hornet Poster | Asian Hornet id chart

An app. entitled 'Asian Hornet Watch' Apple IOS & Android can be downloaded to assist in reporting any sightings of this non-native species.

RDBKA would like to thank you in advance for any assistance you are able to provide.

Honeybee Swarms

Honeybee Swarms

If you wish to report a swarm of honeybees, please use the contact page. We shall do our best to collect them and find them a good home.

Please bear in mind that we are a voluntary group. No charge is made and an RDBKA member may not be available at once. This also applies to referrals from the District Council. We cannot collect from places requiring high ladders or undertake any modifications to buildings. We cannot use or advise on the use of pesticides. We only collect honeybees.

For advice on distinguishing honeybees from other bees and wasps follow this link and follow the help with swarms links.