Welcome to the Cornwall Beekeepers Association

Welcome to the website for the Cornwall Beekeepers Association. The CBKA is a charitable organisation which exists to promote all aspects of beekeeping in Cornwall. Like most county beekeeping associations it is affiliated to the British Beekeepers Association which represents the interests of beekeepers nationally.

For the first time in millions of years the honeybee needs the beekeeper, and support from the general public, in order to survive the many trials it now faces (most of them due to human intervention); the ravages of the parasite Varroa, the loss of foraging habitat, and the overuse of chemicals and pesticides in farming being the biggest problems.

We aim always to address some of these problems through information and education, and hope that you find our website useful in achieving this. In addition, it is our purpose as an association to act not just for the benefit of current beekeepers in Cornwall, but also to encourage potential beekeepers of the future and to help everyone interested in preserving and protecting our honeybees find a way to do so. Please do not hesitate to contact any group or person featured here to answer your questions or to give you assistance.

Mary Trace, President Cornwall Beekeepers Association

Swarm Information


Information on who to contact if you see a swarm

Join Cornwall Beekeepers


We welcome new members – here’s how to join us

Looking forward

Our aim for the future is to better promote all aspects of beekeeping in Cornwall and to help bring the craft into the 21st century, whilst continuing to address the ever-increasing difficulties and threats faced, directly and indirectly, by honeybees.

We offer all new and potential members an insight into beekeeping by encouraging them to join us at our apiary meetings, to learn more through our education programmes, and to get involved with the running of CBKA – as an association, we can never hope to grow or adapt to changing circumstances without the valuable input and fresh ideas of new and enthusiastic members.

We encourage those who are interested to get to know beekeepers local to them by joining one or more of the member groups, thus fostering a sense of community and ensuring that years of accumulated knowledge and expertise is passed on to the beekeepers of tomorrow.