Polkemmet Beekeeping Association (PBKA) is based in West Lothian, Scotland and is a member of the Scottish Beekeepers Association. We currently have over 30 members who keep hives either on-site in the PBKA Apiaries, or locally.
Beekeeping beginner's courses are run annually, typically at the start of the Beekeeping year (March). These cover the basics of beekeeping and also provide hands-on experience with handling hives and bees on our local sites. Spaces on these courses are limited so contact us early to register interest so we can keep you updated of the course details.
We are passionate about the care and welfare of honey bees and pollinators, and where possible will endeavor to assist in handling any bees that have swarmed in the local West Lothian region. It is useful if possible to send photos of the potential swarm to help us in identifying how best we can help.
To help us help you work through this checklist as provided by BeeCraft (www.bee-craft.com) giving the necessary information in your email so we can deal with your query as appropriate.
Information on swarm handling for other UK regions can be obtained from
Scottish Beekeepers Association
British Beekeepers Association
Welsh Beekeepers Association
Ulster Beekeepers Association
or via registering the swarm on