beekeeping friends and associates 

for the Kendal & South Westmorland Beekeepers, 2019 helped Three more new BBKA junior certificate beekeepers and more certificates awarded amongst our members including another good year of Basic Assessment and Bee Health Modules. Also, With K&SWBA support, Heron Hill Primary school has been awarded a defra green action award for beekeeping with youngsters. We have welcomed a record number of new members, supplying them with new colonies and expert support, whilst supporting the community as well. A good year all in all, and we wish all beekeepers a Happy New Year and a buzzing 2020!

Kendal weather


Asian hornet not just a beekeeper problem: 

all pollinators are killed.

BeeCraft webinar well worth watching Click Here

Preveiling Wind 


Newsletter of the Kendal and South Westmorland Beekeepers (back copies)

The Latest Preveiling Wind With Full Details is avialable on

the MEMBERS Section


Asian Hornet Action Team



K&SWBKA Events are in the Members Diary

October  22nd/28th - National Honey Show, Sandown Race Course,

                                  Esher, Surrey                                   details here

November   3rd       -  Cumbria Beekeepers’ Autumn Conference &                                         Honey Show

                                       Braithwaite Institute near Keswick  details here


December  11th      - Book Event - Helen Jukes, A Honeybee Heart                                      Has Five Openings. Grasmere, Cumbria.                                                                                                       details here

March     21st          -  Furness BKA Annual Convention 2020

2020                           Bardsea Malt Kiln                           details here

April  3rd to 5th       - BBKA Spring Convention,

2020                          Harper Adams University,                      

                                  Newport, Shropshire TF10 8NB      details here

Try this New Handy Checklist and let us know if it helps !

This check list is for any of you who have ever gone all the way to your apiary and then wished you'd scanned through one of these before you'd left the place where you keep your bee stuff.

Just download it, print and fold it to form a vertical strip. Then laminate it for use with a washable pen or chinagraph pencil.

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Kendal Beekeeping School Wins Government Award

                                                                                  10 June 2019

Children at Heron Hill Primary School in Kendal in Cumbria are delighted to be winners of a 'Year of Green Action' award from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). The award is part of Bees Needs Week an annual event coordinated by DEFRA to help raise awareness of bees and other pollinators. It is part of the National Pollinator Strategy. Jacqui Cottam, Chair of Governors at the school, along with teacher, Karen Harper, set up their 6 colony apiary 3 years ago,  but the schools passion for all pollinators and solitary bees goes back a long way.