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FULL MEMBERSHIP

£26

Full membership of the SDBKA entitles you to:

  • Attend all general and social meetings of the Association.

  • Receive SDBKA Newsletters.

  • Membership of the British Beekeepers Association, which represents beekeepers at a national level.

  • Receive by post monthly issues of the excellent BBKA newsletter, BBKA News.

  • Public & Products liability Insurance up to £5 million.

  • Brood disease Insurance from BDI for up to three colonies.

  • Access to the BBKA visual aids and slide library.

  • Discounted entrance fee to Spring Convention.

  • Access to the BBKA Examination Scheme.

  • Borrow books from the Greville Library.

  • Borrow branch equipment.

  • A range of discounts on beekeeping equipment and supplies.

  • Family membership options are also available.

ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP

£5

  • Attend all Autumn/Winter monthly social meetings.

  • Friendship and help from fellow beekeepers

  • Free advice on all beekeeping matters.

  • Receive Association Newsletters.

SHOULD I JOIN AS FULL OR ASSOCIATE MEMBER?

Generally members with their own bees will join as Full members in order to enjoy the full range of Association benefits, such as equipment hire, as well as the benefits of BBKA membership, including public liability insurance, bee disease insurance and a subscription to the excellent BBKA News, which arrives through the post each month.

New members without their own bees can join as Associate members, and then upgrade their membership when they do get their own bees.  Some prefer to join as Full members anyway, particularly to receive BBKA News which has lots of interesting and useful articles for beekeepers at all levels.

GUIDANCE FOR PROSPECTIVE NEW MEMBERS

If you’d like to find out more about beekeeping and what it involves, as well as about the Association, before you join, you can read some helpful guidance on our Beekeeping Advice blog — including an introductory post from the SDBKA Chair, Sally Nelson.

  

 

HOW TO BECOME A MEMBER

To join, please let us know that you'd like to become a member by using the "Contact Us" form at bottom of this page.  We will then send you a link to register your details and get you signed up!

Note that there's no joint membership of SDBKA, and we keep one membership record for each individual member. In the case of beekeeping couples, typically one half will sign up as full member, and the other half as associate (for an additional £5).  Please complete an online form for each member (even if you're both at the same address).

NOTE ON JOINING SDBKA IN SPRING OR SUMMER

The SDBKA membership year runs from the beginning of October one year to the end of September the next.  For various reasons, it's impractical to reduce the membership rates during the year. Because of this, if you join in July, August or September as an associate member, we take this membership to cover the following membership year too. If you join during those months as a full member, you can choose to start your full membership with all benefits straightaway (and you'll have to renew in October), but otherwise we'll assume that you'd like to become a full member of SDBKA for the rest of this membership year and all of the next, but with the benefits of BBKA membership delayed until the new membership year and Bee Disease Insurance delayed until the following calendar year. Note that there is anyway a 40 day rule on Bee Disease Insurance: if you join after 31st March, cover only starts 40 days after the date you join.

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NOTE ON SIGNING UP FOR SWARM COLLECTION

Full members of SDBKA have the option to sign up for collecting swarms.  Those who do should be aware that:

  • your postcode and landline and/or mobile telelphone number will be added to the BBKA swarm removal page in the postcode lookup section

  • you undertake to follow the BBKA swarm collector protocol.  In particular, you should be competent to collect swarms, you will not sell the swarms for personal financial gain, and that if you are contacted to collect a swarm, you will deal with that request — which could mean simply passing the call on to our Swarm Coordinator Robin Rimmer 01722 711066/07824 886850 or to Dom Corcoran 07879 228823

  • you have protection under the BBKA Third Party Public and Products Liability insurance if a third party makes a claim for injury or loss while you are collecting a swarm.  A condition of this protection is that you do not work at a height over 3m  

  

CONTACT US

If you'd like to join, please let us know using the form below. We can then send you a link to register your details and complete the process.  You can also use this form if you have any question about membership or would like any further information or assistance, and we'll do our best to help.

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