High Wycombe & District Beekeepers’ Association is a thriving group of enthusiastic beekeepers from all walks of life founded in 1944 to promote bees and beekeeping.  We hold monthly evening meetings with a visiting speaker at Trinity Church, High Wycombe.    These Friday meetings are open to all, so if you’re interested in taking up beekeeping why not come along?  For members, we also hold monthly “Developing your beekeeping” meetings, practical sessions at our own apiary, and specialist days of interest.

A beginners’ beekeeping course is held each spring.  See our beginners’ page or email beginners@hwbka.co.uk

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Summer forage          photo- J Britton

We can collect honey bee swarms in the local area – see the swarm page for details 

We give talks on beekeeping and make visits to local schools, youth groups and fetes.  Email schools@hwbka.co.uk .

For other enquiries please email contact@hwbka.co.uk 


We are affiliated to the Bucks County and the British Beekeeping Associations, which provide additional support and public liability insurance.   We are a registered charity (No. 299638).       An interesting piece of history is that the “Father of English Beekeeping”, Charles Butler (1560-1647) was born in Wycombe.   


Swarm Collection Service

Our Swarm Line is open to receive calls during daytime hours.   The Association has volunteer members who will come out to collect swarms found in the local area.  Honey bee swarms should be collected as soon as possible to prevent them taking up residence in chimneys, cavity walls and other places where they may cause a nuisance.   See below for more details.

Learning about Beekeeping

 Interested in Beekeeping? 

Our next beginners’ beekeeping course starts in March 2017,  but we have an open day and a taster day planned for 2016.

For more information  please see the beginners page

HWBKA Honey for Sale

Honey from our Association apiary – currently sold out !



We can collect a swarm of honey bees that is reasonably accessible, but we cannot deal with bees that have set up home within a building’s structure, nor remove nests of bumble bees and wasps etc. 


This is what a typical swarm of honey bees may look like. It may be larger or smaller than this, but generally it will appear as an elongated ball of bees, often hanging on a tree or structure exposed to the elements.

PLEASE CLICK ON THIS LINK  – for full details of how to contact us, the area we operate within and to check you have identified correctly that it is a swarm of honey bees