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The Natural Beekeeping Trust promotes awareness of sustainable beekeeping which is determined by our understanding of the essential needs of the bees. The NBKT is a key contributor to new directions in apiculture whose work in developing bee-centred, treatment-free, beekeeping has been featured in many national and foreign media. 

The charity's work is carried out entirely by volunteers. We are confident that our beekeeping approach of "giving to the bees" as opposed to "taking from the bees" is an appropriate and necessary response to the situation in which pollinators, in particular honeybees, find themselves today.  Please contact us if you would like to volunteer to further our work. 

The NBKT takes an unequivocal stance on neonicotinoid pesticides and works with environmental campaign groups in bringing the risks posed by pesticides, particularly to bees,  to public attention.  Our trustees and associates offer courses, seminars and talks in the UK and abroad and organize bi-annual conferences.

We encourage "bee guardianship" - keeping bees for the bees' sake - and advocate organic/biodynamic gardening and farming. Our apicentric approach is guided by the wisdom of the bees insofar as we are able to encompass it, and supported by sound science. 


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The next Beekeeping Event

  • Bee Centred Beekeeping: Panel Discussion

    Discussion with a panel of 5 beekeepers from different backgrounds to see if there is a common theme that enables the bee, rather than the desires of the beekeeper, to be at the centre of beekeeping. Questions are invited from the audience in person or by email.

    When: Wednesday, 19 November 2014 - 7:30pm

    Where: St Dominic’s Primary School , Nailsworth ,

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  • Travails of the bees in August

    The observant beekeeper will have noticed already a while ago that the bees are gathering more and more propolis. Lovely shiny little balls of translucent substance in all the hues of amber, copper, reddish brown are carried back to the hive in the bees' pollen baskets to be used in and around... Read more