If you wish to join us please email:- memberHBKA@gmail.com

and include the following information:

  • Full Name
  • First line of address and Postcode
  • email address (if different from the one you are using)

To join the Association you will need to agree to the Membership Ts&Cs.


About Membership

Membership is open to anyone interested in bees or beekeeping, whether or not they keep bees.

There are three basic classes of membership, Full Member; Partner Member and Associate Member:

  • Registered Membership is required if you keep bees. Includes BBKA capitation fee of £21 which covers: affiliation to BBKA; BBKA monthly magazine; third party insurance for your beekeeping activities; eligibility to participate in BBKA education and certified examination programme; eligibility to be a voting Delegate at Annual Delegates meeting if so nominated by your Association; eligibility to stand for election to Executive Council if nominated by at least one Association.
  • Partner Membership: Intended for those residing at the same address as a Full Member who need the benefits of the BBKA. Includes BBKA capitation fee of £14.50 which covers all entitlements afforded to Full Members, with the exception of a separate copy of the BBKA newsletter.
  • Local membership (no BBKA capitation fee, No insurance) Intended for those who are not yet beekeepers, retired beekeepers, are full members of a neighbouring association or partners of Full members who do NOT need the benefits of the BBKA.

There is also a Junior Membership Class (under 18 years) which is free for membership of the HBKA. For membership of the HBKA and BBKA choose the option of up to 3 hives, which includes BBKA capitation fee of £9.50 and insurance.

For health annd safety reasons, a Junior Member attending any of our events or training sessions must be accompanied by a responsible adult who is a HBKA Member of any membership type.


Full Membership of Herefordshire Beekeepers’ Association brings the following benefits:

Local Activity Groups (LANs) providing support and expert guidance.
HBKA monthly newsletter (emailed). Membership of BBKA. BBKA monthly newsletter (Royal Mail). Third party public liability insurance in the BBKA Scheme with £5 million cover for accidents involving your bees. HBKA affiliation to: The British Beekeepers’ Association, The National Honey Show and the Midlands & South Western Counties Convention (MSWCC) of beekeepers.

Insurance Protection (BDI):

  • It is a condition of our affiliation to BBKA that all registered members of the association have this insurance cover.
    Bee Diseases Insurance through BDI also gives protection against destruction of your equipment as a result of Foul Brood.
    What does it cost?
    Insurance for up to 3 colonies is already included in the full membership fee.
    For insurance purposes, junior members with bees must be enrolled in the parent or
    guardian’s name but have full benefits of membership at a reduced subscription.
    Extra costs of BDI for additional Colonies:
    Basic cover for three (3) colonies at a cost of £2.00 is included in the full subscription fee of £32.00, even if you do not keep bees. Junior members keeping bees pay for BDI cover, which is included in their reduced full membership fee of £15.
    The BDI Scheme A – colony insurance rates
  • Total number of colonies additional premium
  • Up to 3 colonies Nil    (included in membership subscription)
  • Up to 5 Colonies £ 1.20
  • Up to 10 colonies £ 4.70
  • Up to 15 colonies £ 7.75
  • Up to 20 colonies £ 9.50
  •  Up to 25 colonies £11.10

Members requiring cover for more than 25 colonies should contact the Membership secretary for an individual quotation.
Under the terms of this insurance all colonies should be insured and account taken of any increase in numbers during the season.

Insurance is invalidated if you have more hives than you stated

BDI Premiums are paid in respect of the calendar year, 1st January to 31st December, irrespective of the date on which they are actually paid. However, cover will not commence until 40 days have elapsed from the payment of the premium, where such payment is made after March.

For insurance purposes a colony is regarded as any hive (excluding “apidea” or similar hives) containing bees, regardless of size of the colony.

All memberships expire December 31st irrespective of when they were started.

RENEWALS a link will be sent out to all members on the 1st January