Annual membership of the Society runs from January to December and joining the Society or renewing your membership is easy. The membership form for 2021 is available here in PDF format or here in Excel. Simply complete the form and send to us. Details of how to pay and where to send the completed form are provided on the 'notes' page of the form. Please note that the forms will need to either printed (PDF) or saved to your computer (Excel), they are not designed to be completed online.
If you are new to beekeeping or have not yet started this wonderful pastime and wish to join the Society and register for our Beginners' Class please go to our Training page and download the relevant form.
Your membership will provide you with benefits including annual public liability insurance for your bees as well as product liability for your hive products, Bee Disease Insurance for up to 3 hives (small additional premiums can be paid for 4 hives or more), a bi-monthly Society Newsletter, information on crop/vegetation spraying as advised, a quarterly WBKA magazine (The Welsh Beekeeper) and a wealth of help, advice and support from other members. There is also an opportunity to subscribe to BeeCraft and/or Beekeeper Quarterly and/or Natural Bee Husbandry at preferential rates.
The Society has Apiary meetings and talks, holds shows and social meetings and is part of a group of Societies that organise the MSWCC Convention. A local Seasonal Bee Inspector is available to help with disease recognition and treatment, and your hives may be inspected every 3 years (more often if the need arises) to help you keep your bees in tip-top health. The network of local Inspectors is supported by the Regional Bee Inspector for Wales who has access to support and assistance from the National Bee Unit, in the Central Science Lab in York. So you can take up a fascinating craft and you need not bee on your own! If you would like further information please contact us.