Got a Swarm?

If you discover a honey bee swarm please contact our swarm co-ordinators
There are over 250 types of bees in the UK but there is only one european honey bee (Apis mellifera). Our members are volunteers who can only help with honey bees.

Kings Lynn and West Norfolk - Barry Thrower 07747 426888 or 01553 810001
North Norfolk - Barry Walker-Moore 07833 915340

Breckland - Trevor Nash 07955 166852

Broadland - Andy Jameson 07917 756015 / Sue Ives 01603 717880 or 07891 368502

Norwich - Paul Cain Mobile 07792 770678 / Corriena Scollay Tel 07561 324527

South Norfolk including Gt Yarmouth - Denise Drake 07796 387439 / Tristan Hanwell 01953 789281 or 07824 567447

Costs: West Norfolk and King's Lynn Beekeepers provide swarm collection services on a voluntary basis.
Very very few are full time beekeepers so we do urge you to double check that you have honey bees and not other insects before calling them away from work for possibly several hours.
We think it is reasonable that you make a donation for expenses such as fuel costs - the rest is down to you.

BUMBLE BEES, MASON BEES and other bees

These bees are harmless and numbers dwindle naturally as the year draws to a close. Please try and live with them as they contribute to the balance of the ecology. Some beekeepers may offer help with these bees : this is their personal choice since NBKA insurance only covers swarm collection of honey bees.

All Norfolk - Helen Copperthwaite. Phone: 01263 734682 . Email: [email protected]

All Norfolk- Mike Willis. Phone : 01493 369261


Kings Lynn and West Norfolk DC - 01553 616200

North Norfolk DC - 01263 513811

Breckland DC - 01362 656870

Broadland DC - 01603 431133

South Norfolk DC - 01508 533633

Norwich DC - 01603 212212
  • News

  • Bee imports via Northern Ireland

    There is a move to bring bees into the UK via Northern Ireland. This would circumvent the law which prohibits imports of package bees, nuclei and colonies. These bees are mostly bred in Southern Italy, near the site where Small Hive Beetle originated. There is a risk that Small Hive Beetle could get into the UK and they would spread rapidly. In the USA 20,000 colonies were destroyed in two years.
    The BBKA with Bee Disease Insurance has organised co-operation between the Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland Beekeeping Associations to contact their Ministers. Anne Rowberry, BBKA Chair, has set up a Parliamentary Petition.
    Please encourage those you know to join you in signing this petition. For the full content of the BBKA letter please refer to the link below.

    Healthy Bees Plan 2030

    The UK Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has today launched the Healthy Bees Plan 2030, which replaces the earlier plan which ran from 2009-2020. The new plan aims to protect and improve the health of honey bees in England and Wales over the next ten years.

    The plan sets out four key outcomes to help protect honey bees:-
    1. Effective biosecurity and good standards of husbandry, to minimise pest and disease risks and so improve the sustainability of honey bee populations.
    2. Enhanced skills and production capability/capacity of beekeepers and bee farmers.
    3. Sound science and evidence underpinning the actions taken to support bee health.
    4. Increased opportunities for knowledge exchange and partnership working on honey bee health and wider pollinator needs.

    The plan intends that beekeepers, beekeeping associations and government will work together to help protect honey bees, which continue to face pressure from a variety of pests, diseases and environmental threats including the invasive non-native Asian hornet. Implementation of the plan will be carried out in consultation with stakeholders and the public.

  • Upcoming Public Webinars

  • During the lockdown the BBKA, BIBBA, Bees Abroad, and other organisations are holding online, free webinars. A selection of these can be found below: