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If you would like to join or renew for 2018 please click on 2018 join or renew and go right to the bottom of the page.

All existing members of NLB should renew their membership by 1 March or their Bee Disease Insurance will lapse.

SUBSCRIPTIONS for 2018 (unchanged from 2016)

Membership class Cost Membership definition
Full member
30 (40)
Includes single membership of British BeeKeepers Association & BDI* disease insurance for three colonies and voting rights at general meetings, all mailings (most are by email only).
An individual beekeeper, minimum age 18 years, resident at the same address as a Full Beekeeping Member, including Partner Membership of the BBKA, sharing one copy of communications sent to that address and no right to vote at General Meetings.   A Full Beekeeping Member may have any number of (separate, qualifying) Partner Members associated with his/her membership at the same address.
Does not keep bees, with no right to vote at General Meetings, no affiliation to the British Beekeepers Association.   Receives newsletters by email.   This class of membership is most suitable for Full members of other associations who also want to be members of NLB.
Junior Beekeeping
Age between 10 and 18 years, with no right to vote at General Meetings and only handles bees under the supervision of their parent or guardian who is a Full Beekeeping Member.   No affiliation to British Beekeepers Association.   Not eligible to attend classes.

The higher fee (in brackets above) is payable by ALL NEW members and renewing members paying after 1st March.   Renewing after 1 March means that your BDI insurance will lapse (see below) and causes extra work for the committee.

The closing date for membership is at the discretion of the committee, if we are likely to overload our training and apiary facilities.

* BDI covers the insured for the statutory destruction of bees, honey and equipment only for American or European foul brood.   Beekeeping memberships include cover for up to 3 colonies.   For those with:

  • 4-5 colonies add 2.00 to the annual subscription rate.
  • 6-10 colonies add 5.25
  • 11-15 colonies add 7.75
  • 16-20 colonies add 9.50
  • 21-25 colonies add 11.50
  • over 25 colonies - please contact the Membership Secretary by click to email

Please note, for insurance to be valid, all colonies owned by the beekeeper must be insured with BDI.   BDI is valid from the 1st January of the year in which the subscription is paid to 31st December of that year, but BDI paid after 1 March only comes into force 40 days after the date of the treasurer's receipt, since your NLB membership will have lapsed.   Full Beekeeping Members are automatically insured for BDI for 3 colonies each.   Partner Members are not insured for BDI.

N.B. Make allowance for increases during the season, including swarms or nucs as these count as individual colonies and must be insured accordingly to avoid invalidation of insurance.

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