Introducing BBKA Patron – Jimmy Doherty


Jimmy Doherty is a natural choice to be the first new Patron of the BBKA in the Twenty-first century.

Jimmy has had a keen interest in insects since he was a young boy. With stints working at a wildlife park in his teens and later working as an Entomologist in his Twenties at London’s Natural History Museum, to read for his PhD in Entomology and starting a 140 acre farm, Jimmy has an active interest in food and the outdoors all his life.


Jimmy has a great interest in bees and has even travelled to Nepal and spent time with the honey hunters there. He is also President of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust.


‘Jimmy’s Farm’ in Suffolk is home to all sorts of native livestock including pigs, cattle, sheep, goats and turkeys. He also encourages food provenance and local food supply chains in his onsite restaurant.

Combining his ethos of small scale farming; beekeeping; rearing of native breeds and teaching children the value of food where the food comes from, the BBKA is hugely delighted that Jimmy has chosen to be our Patron.

TV work

You may already be aware of Jimmy’s work, as a well-loved TV presenter. They also featured British honey production in one of the episodes of Jamie and Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast on Channel 4.

We hope some of Jimmy’s good work rubs off on the BBKA Schools Programme: as our aim is to see ‘Bees in the Curriculum’ introduced in all schools across the UK.

We are very excited to have Jimmy on-board and welcome his valued presence at the BBKA.

BBKA President, Anne Rowberry, has been talking to jimmy about the importance of bees for his podcast On Jimmy's Farm :

Asian Hornet Week message From Jimmy Doherty

Jimmy has recorded a message for us for Asian hornet week