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Membership information

Membership runs from 1st October to 30th September

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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. Only one Partner Member is permitted per Registered Member

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

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

  • Membership of: FBKA
  • Newsletters: FBKA

Junior Member For children of Registered Members who are under 18 on 1st October of the membership year and who are practising beekeepers. Dependents over the age of 18 can join as Partner Members but only one Partner Member per Registered Member is permitted.

  • Membership of: FBKA, SBKA & BBKA
  • Cover of BBKA 3rd Party Public Liability Insurance & Product Insurance
  • Bee Diseases Insurance is assumed to be covered by the parent’s Membership
  • Newsletters: FBKA,BBKA News. BeeCraft magazine (paper or digital option) can be subscribed for separately if required.


for the year ending 30th September 2024

Charges and OptionsFull Year Half Year from 1st April
Registered Member with Paper Copy of BeeCraft £57.50£43.75
Registered Member with Digital Copy of BeeCraft£49.75£39.88
Partner Member
(Practising beekeeper at the same address as a registered member)
Only one Partner Member per Registered Member is permitted.
Associate Member (Local)
Junior Member
(Under 18 on 1st October 2023)
NB Please can each member make their own separate application, ideally with a different email address.


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 the relevant box when completing the online renewal.  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 £27.50, and Digital BeeCraft £19.75 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 (for more than the 3 colonies covered by the basic BDI subscription)

Additional colonies insuredAdditional chargeTotal colonies covered
0none, 3 colonies includedUp to 3
1 – 2£1.20 Up to 5
3 – 7£4.70 Up to 10
8 – 12£7.75 Up to 15
13 – 17£9.50 Up to 20
18 – 22£11.10 Up to 25
23 – 27£13.60 Up to 30
28 – 32£16.10 Up to 35
33 – 36£18.10 Up to 39


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.


FBKA Farnham Beekeepers Association
SKBA Surrey Beekeepers Association
BBKA British Beekeepers Association
BeeCraft Magazine
BDI Bee Diseases Insurance
BeeBase National Bee Unit

Research donations are used to support the BBKA research and the CB Dennis Trust