About Us

We welcome people who may be interested in taking up beekeeping as a hobby or a profession. Feel free to come along to a Branch meeting, e-mail the Branch Secretary or give one of us a ring.

Full membership of our Branch currently costs £30 per annum. This price also includes one years membership of the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA), public and product liability insurance and bee disease insurance for up to three hives.

The local Association has the following main activities :-

  • Providing a focal point for local beekeepers to meet and discuss issues of mutual interest.
    Integrated Pest Management meeting June 2006

    Integrated Pest Management
    Branch meeting
    June 2006

  • Providing a source of reference for members of the public.
  • Offering a swarm collection service.
  • Providing information and courses to prospective beekeepers.
  • Provide encouragement and advice for new beekeepers, including a mentoring arrangement for people who have taken charge of their first hive.
  • Provide encouragement for members studying for the various BBKA examinations.
  • Attending local events to promote beekeeping.
    Langstroth observation hive Westhead Carnival July 2006 Martin at Westhead Carnival

    Langstroth observation hive
    Green Fayre July 2006

    Mike, Mark and Scott
    Westhead Carnival July 2006

    Martin and his son
    Westhead Carnival

  • Promote good bee breeding in the local area, by starting a selective queen rearing programme.

A majority of our members come from in and around the areas surrounding Ormskirk, Chorley, Wigan, Leyland, St. Helens, Skelmersdale, Hesketh Bank and Bolton. If you are interested in beekeeping but think that you live too far away or that you are not in our catchment area come along to a Branch meeting anyway and take the first steps into an 8000 year old craft!