Worcester Beekeepers

Events and meetings

Before attending any event, please check for up to date information.
Anyone who would like to host a meeting please contact me. In addition to the training sessions listed, there will be a series of complementary presentations by our Seasonal Bee Inspector and others – dates to be confirmed. We will also offer additional training sessions for BBKA Basic and others as of last year. If you have any ideas or suggestions for events then please let Vicky know.
Worcester Training Offering
Various dates – regular Training Apiary meetings throughout the summer months.

Our training offering will be made available to WBKA members again this year.  We aim to meet on a regular basis to allow all of our beekeepers access to the hives at our training apiary.  New and not-so-new beekeepers will be able to develop experience and skills throughout the course of our meetings and the more formal BBKA examinations and assessments system.  We encourage all of our beekeepers to work towards the BBKA Basic Proficiency Certificate, through a series of sessions delivered around the themes of ‘fun’ and ‘practicality’!

Special focus this year on New Beekeepers and ‘taster’ days, disease recognition, swarms and swarm prevention, ‘shook swarming’ and Bailey comb change, queen rearing and the BBKA Module examinations.

If you are interested in any of our training sessions, do drop an email to wbktrainbee@gmail.com !

BBKA 'Basic' Assessment preparatory sessions.
Evening and weekend sessions to be arranged

The British Beekeepers’ Association ‘Basic’ Proficiency Assessment takes the form of a practical exercise at a suitable apiary, where an Assessor approved by the BBKA will oversee a hive inspection conducted by the candidate. The ‘Basic’ is recognised as an ideal introduction covering the essentials of beekeeping good practices..

During a demonstration of proficiency in the essential elements of beekeeping (for example, recognition of queen, drone, worker, pollen, nectar, honey, propolis, etc.), candidates will be able to describe the characteristics of normal colony activity and signs and symptoms of disease, together with a description of a means of swarm control. Full details of the syllabus and expectations can be downloaded from the BBKA website.

Our own preparatory sessions will be offered mid-season. The emphasis is on the practical, involving weekend and evening sessions at various members’ apiaries. Coaching will be provided by Worcester beekeepers, each having undergone one or more of the BBKA assessments and examinations – the benefit of many hive-years’ experience. While the emphasis will be on building on experience and knowledge to satisfy the requirements of the syllabus, there is a focus on fun! Good for beekeepers, good for bees!

Full details of our next sessions will be published on the Home page. Please email wbktrainbee@gmail.com to reserve a place.

BBKA Module System
See Home page headliner for detail of Module under study and meeting dates.

The BBKA Module system will appeal to those beekeepers who may prefer the more formal examination route to qualification:
Module 1: Honey Bee Management
Module 2: Honey Bee Products & Forage
Module 3: Pest, Diseases & Poisoning
Module 4 withdrawn
Module 5: Honey Bee Biology
Module 6: Honey Bee Behaviour
Module 7: Selection & Breeding of Honey Bees
Module 8: Honey Bee Management, Health & History

Events contact

Victoria Jones 07815649590 or click here to email Victoria

Hive inspection record

This form will help you to keep accurate records of your hive.

Bee ID guide

A short guide to identifying honeybees, bumblebees, wasps/hornets and hoverflies.

Membership form

Become a member. Complete this form.

Sting Information

It is inevitable as a beekeeper or just being around bees that you will at sometime or another get stung!

Branch equipment

Please email Roy Round at villagebees@gmail.com to check availability or to reserve equipment.


Glossary of bee keeping terms for reference.