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The London Beekeepers' Association

We are grateful to Ashurst for sponsoring our forage-creation programmme.

Please contact us if you'd like to find out how you can support our education, training and forage-creation projects.


The London Beekeepers' Association (LBKA) represents the interests of beekeepers and urban beekeeping in the central London area (see neighbouring associations). We provide education and advice, promoting responsible bee keeping and raising awareness of the issues affecting bees.

If you live in London and already keep bees, intend to do so or are simply interested in this fascinating hobby, LBKA is the association for you. Even if you don't keep bees, joining us will help support our cause, our campaigns and education programmes.

Join us for member benefits and to support us.

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Book a place on one of our 2015 courses

How to recognise a swarm and what to do.

Find out how to plant for pollinators.

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Upcoming events

Saturday 12th September: "Saving our Bumblebees" - a talk by David Goulson
15:00 at Orpington Village Hall, 311 High St Orpington, Kent, BR6 0NN.

Professor of Biology at Sussex University, Dave Goulson, founded the Bumblebee Society and has published a number of best selling books; a popular speaker at many national and regional events, on 12 September, he will talk about the amazing life and behaviour of bumblebees, the problems they face, and what we can all do to help them.

This event is organised by Sidcup Beekeepers. You need to book in advance by emailing and the price is £3.

This event is organised by LBKA.Sunday 13th September: Monthly meeting: Honey tasting
11:00-12:00 at Fairley House Junior School, 220 Lambeth Rd, London SE1 7JY
The diversity of flowering plants in London honey gives London Honey complex flavour and helps make it highly-sought after. For this meeting, we ask those luckily enough to have had bees that produced surplus honey to bring some along to the meeting for tasting. We will provide tasting sticks. We will also talk about using refractometers to estimate the moisture content of honey. Non-members are welcome to come and find out more about LBKA.

Saturday 26th September: Croydon Honey Show
10:00-15:00 at a place next to Sainsbury's, 130 Addington Rd, South Croydon, CR2 8LA.
This honey show is organised by the Croydon Division of the Surrey Beekeepers Association.

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Recent tweets from @LondonBeeKeeper

Tweets by Mark Patterson (Forage Officer) and Angela Woods.

04 Sep: Beehives being transported in Yemen. Yikes!

01 Sep: @UltingWick but these were! @Fulham_Palace last autumn and pollinated by our members bees

01 Sep: @UltingWick @DenysFielding It isn't!!

01 Sep: RT @apiculturalLdn: £4k funding available for schools to plant for bees via polli:nation fund from learning through landscapes

01 Sep: RT @apiculturalLdn: Bee of the month for September is Colletes hedera - the Ivy Mining Bee. Feeds almost exclusively on Ivy…

01 Sep: @FoxhoundBeeCo but there's the London honey show Sunday 4th at Lancaster hotel

01 Sep: @FoxhoundBeeCo afraid there's not much to see by October most keepers won't be opening hives after this month

01 Sep: @RichardSearle perfect! good effort!

01 Sep: @ThehortDoctor I am afraid I don't know!

31 Aug: Fabulous squash all pollinated by bees

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