What's in it for you?

Bee Disease Insurance & Liability Insurance
  • BDI compensates beekeepers for equipment losses where their bees have to be destroyed or treated under the Bees Act 1980 and The Bee Diseases and Pests Control (England) Order 2006

  • Public & Product Liability insurance which relates to beekeeping activities in the UK (e.g. swarm collection) and has a £10,000,000 limit of liability.

BBKA Membership & newsletters
  • Membership of the British Beekeepers’ Association with monthly BBKA NEWS magazine

  • Access to 'Ask an Apiarist' (our Association WhatsApp platform for bee related questions you need an immediate answer to).

  • Quarterly Association newsletter ‘The Buzz’

  • Sussex Beekeepers’ Association events, talks and annual bee market

A place to ask questions and meet likeminded individuals
  • On-going advice from experienced beekeepers, a winter programme of talks, workshops, apiary visits, training, social events and mentoring

  • Use of an out-apiary and training apiary

  • Hire of equipment (e.g. manual extractor)

  • Assistance to find out-apiary space when needed

Categories of membership

We offer four catgories of membership to suit different needs. Contact our membership secretary Jacky via this form:

Full membership £34
  • Bee Disease Insurance and Public Liability

  • BBKA membership

  • Access to all Association organised events

  • Advice from seasoned beekeepers including via WhatsApp

  • Practical and theory training including apiary demonstration sessions

  • Winter programme of talks and workshops given by guest speakers

Partner £23

This is for spouses and partners living at the same address as a BBKA registered member. It includes Public Liability Insurance for beekeeping activities.

Friend £12

This category is for those who don't keep bees, or for full members of other divisions. Friends are welcome to attend EBKA meetings and events.

Junior £15

For persons under the age of 18 in conjunction with their parent, carer or guardian having 'full' membership of EBKA. Includes Bee Disease Insurance.


It is now a requirement under our rules of membership to register online with the National Bee Unit (NBU) if you have bees. Registration can be done here.