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Membership information

Membership runs from 1st October to 30th September

You can complete and submit our membership form online.

MEMBERSHIP CATEGORIES

Registered Member For practising beekeepers

  • Membership of: FBKA, SBKA & BBKA
  • Cover of BBKA 3rd Party Public Liability Insurance & Products Insurance
  • Cover of Bee Diseases Insurance for up to 3 colonies – (additional cost for 4+ colonies * Additional Bee Insurance below)
  • Newsletters: FBKA, BBKA News, and BeeCraft magazine (paper or digital option)

Partner Member For partners who are practising beekeepers at same address as full registered member

  • Membership of: FBKA, SBKA & BBKA
  • Cover of BBKA 3rd Party Public Liability Insurance & Products Insurance

Associate Member For non-beekeepers, other family members/partner & members of other Divisions

  • Membership of: FBKA
  • Newsletters: FBKA

SUBSCRIPTION CHARGES FOR 2019/2020 MEMBERSHIP

Charges and OptionsFull Year Half Year from 1st April
Registered Member with Paper Copy of BeeCraft.£50.50£38.25
Registered Member with Digital Copy of BeeCraft£45.50£37.75
Partner Member
(Practising beekeepers at the same address as a registered member)
£17.00£17.00
Associate Member
(non-beekeepers)
£10.00£10.00

GIFT AID

As a charity, we are able to claim back tax on all paid subscriptions & donations of basic rate and above taxpayers.  If you are a UK taxpayer, to Gift Aid your subscriptions and donations click here to link to the form to complete.  Please note that the BeeCraft and Additional Bee Disease elements of your subscription are not eligible for Gift Aid.  The cost of the BeeCraft in your subscription is as follows Paper BeeCraft £24.50, and Digital BeeCraft £19.50 with the half year being 50% of these amounts.

Bee Diseases Insurance (BDI) *First 3 colonies included in Registered Member’s subscription

Bee Disease Insurance Ltd is an Insurance company set up and run for beekeepers by beekeepers. It promotes research, education and disease control methods for honey bee disease. It also compensates subscribing beekeepers and their bee colonies in England and Wales in respect of losses caused by statutorily notifiable honeybee diseases and pests. Currently these are American Foul Brood, European Foul Brood, Small Hive Beetle and Tropilaelaps mites. Scotland and Northern Ireland have a different bee health inspection service to England and Wales and different compensation schemes in operation.

NB: BDI becomes effective each year from the time that the Registered Member’s Association receives his or her membership subscription and any additional BDI premium is received. 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 31st March. This is known as the 40-day rule. Partner Members can apply for their own BDI at £2 for the first 3 hives or more pro rata (see below).

* Additional Bee Diseases Insurance

Additional Colonies Additional Charge
4 – 5 £2.00
4 – 10 £5.25
4 – 15 £7.75
4 – 20 £9.50
4 – 25 £11.10
4 – 30 £13.60
4 – 35 £16.10
4 – 39 £18.10

IMPORTANT RULE CHANGE:

You are advised to cover the maximum number of colonies (plus swarms and nucs) you are likely to have during the coming season. If you make a claim and have more colonies than you are insured for, you will NOT receive ANY compensation.

GLOSSARY/INFORMATION

FBKA Farnham Beekeepers Association www.farnhambeekeepers.org.uk
SKBA Surrey Beekeepers Association www.surreybeekeepers.org.uk
BBKA British Beekeepers Association www.bbka.org.uk
BeeCraft Magazine www.bee-craft.com
BDI Bee Diseases Insurance http://www.beediseasesinsurance.co.uk
BeeBase National Bee Unit www.nationalbeeunit.com