Looking after the bees in the Aire Valley since 1908
About us

Airedale Beekeepers Association (ABKA) members have been beekeeping in the Aire Valley since 1908.  Our Association area spans the Aire Valley northwards from Bingley and Baildon to Skipton and Airedale.

Get involved

Interested in bees and the environment?

Learn more on this page and find out what our Association is up to in the Aire Valley and about the courses we run for new beekeepers.

Please note we have no training available in 2020


Would you like to join us?

As a member of ABKA you can develop your beekeeping career with the support of other members, enjoy our social events and educational talks and participation in our annual Honey Show!


Got a swarm?

Click here for advice and to get in touch with our swarm team

News and events

Covid-19 Update

We have postponed our talks, training and events for the next few months in view of the current epidemic.  As the season progresses, we will be pursuing our own individual beekeeping activities, whilst following the current Government advice on social distancing.  We should also be able to provide a swarm collection service, again subject to social distancing guidelines plus the usual safety precautions.  We ask all our beekeepers to be particularly mindful of the need to prevent swarms at the present time.

Tending hives during Covid-19

For our members, here is the  latest information regarding access to your bees in the light of restricted movement during the current epidemic.  I strongly advice you print a copy and keep it with you in case you are questioned regarding your movements in relation only to your bees.  Chris Hardy, Chair

ABKA Annual Honey Show 26 October 2020

ABKA Annual Honey Show, Cliffe Castle Museum, Keighley. More details to follow

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