Advancing the education of the public and beekeepers in the craft of beekeeping.



BKAs (Bee Keepers Associations) are centres of knowledge, advice and assistance. They hold the beekeeping knowledge and teach it to future beekeepers.

The North Dorset BKA is passionate about bees, honey and the enjoyment you can find through keeping bees and harvesting the produce. Our aim is to encourage the craft of beekeeping, provide high quality training, and advise, help support and encourage beekeepers.

We are a Registered Charity (Number 1193201), and we are fully affiliated with the Dorset County Beekeepers Association and the British Beekeepers Association. We had 137 members at the time of our last AGM.

If you are interested in keeping bees, find out about the courses and training we offer.

The New Apiary

The North Dorset Beekeepers Association (NDBKA) is launching an ambitious project to create an inclusive, educational space near Blandford which anyone will be able to visit to improve their knowledge of honey bees, how we can help them and how they affect us all.

The North Dorset Honey Bee Centre will provide a learning and community centre for training new beekeepers, developing skills, and education about the role of the honey bee in food production and the wider environment for visiting schools and other groups. It will also be a base for social and community activities.

Key Dates for 2024

9th January - Pam Hunter NDB Pollen, 7:30pm Shillingstone Church Centre (SCC)

6th February - Ron Briggs Beekeeping on a budget, 7:30pm SCC

17th February - 60s & 70s Music Concert, 7:30pm Portman Hall

5th March - Susie Perkins Honey Show preparation, 7:30pm SCC

6th April - Introduction to Beekeeping Day, 10:00am-4:00pm SCC & Apiary

18th May - Robbie Baird's Apiary Visit, 2:00pm

8th & 9th June - Gillingham and Shaftesbury Spring Show

29th June - Geoff Buckland's Apiary Visit, 2:00pm

[date tbc] - Visit by West Dorset to our apiary

28th July - BBQ at Sue Billington's Apiary in Motcombe, 6:00pm

14th & 15th August - Shaftesbury & Gillingham Show

10th September - Steve Toop talk on Farming, Beekeeping & Forage, 7:30pm SCC

1st October - Please Pay your NDBKA Subscription

8th October - Propolis & Healing talk by Luzia Barclay, 7:30pm SCC

22nd November - AGM & Supper, 7:00pm SCC

10th December - New Apriary Working Group Photos & Progress, 7:30pm SCC


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