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Bees are extraordinary creatures. Their behaviour is always fascinating – at times mystifying. So it is not surprising that many people are drawn to the absorbing hobby of beekeeping.

Ludlow & District Beekeepers’ Association (L&DBKA) was formed in 1942 to further the interests of bees and beekeeping in South Shropshire, North West Worcestershire and North Herefordshire. L&DBKA currently has over 160 members, keeping bees mainly in the area between Leominster, Tenbury Wells, Cleobury Mortimer, Church Stretton, Knighton and the adjacent Welsh border.

Like most beekeeping associations, L&DBKA provides training each year for people thinking of taking up beekeeping. The course includes some theory sessions as well as hands-on practical training. Further training is provided to support those interested in taking a basic qualification. Being a member of your local association also means there is somewhere to turn to when help or advice is needed.

The Association has its own Apiary near Ludlow, which is the main location for our Taster Sessions and hands-on Training. This facility is part-funded by sales of our own honey.

For the last few years, the Association has been been engaged in a bee-breeding programme which is attempting to establish a viable number of breeding colonies of the native British ‘Black Bee’ – or at least something genetically close to it.

We operate a Bee Swarm Collection service for the general public, so if you’ve found a swarm go to the Swarms Page.