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Taking care of honeybees in the Aire Valley since 1908

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About us

Our members have been beekeeping in the Aire Valley for more than a century. The Airedale Beekeepers Association (ABKA) was started in 1908 and our area spans the Aire Valley northwards from Bingley and Baildon to Airedale, as far as Skipton.

Swarms

During the summer we remove swarms in our Association area, roughly from Bingley to just south of Skipton. 

If you need help please click here for advice and to get in touch with our swarm team.

Get involved

Beekeeping is a fascinating hobby but a big responsibility! Find out more about what is involved.

 

Please note our 2022 training course is already over-subscribed.  We will not be accepting registrations for our 2023 course until November 2022. 

Membership

We have have different categories of membership depending on your experience. Our members enjoy the support of their fellow ABKAs as well as online chats, social events and educational talks.  Click the box below to contact our Membership Secretary. 

Protect our bees against Small Hive Beetle

Did you know that a post-Brexit loophole could allow the arrival of a devastating new insect pest into the UK?  Small hive beetle is endemic in southern Italy, from where most bees imported into the UK are brought. 


Small hive beetle can multiply to huge numbers within infested colonies, where it eats brood, honey and pollen, destroys the wax combs and causes fermentation and spoiling of the honey.  Prior to December 2020, an effective inspection regime at points of import had prevented it from becoming established in the UK..  With Brexit, the rules changed: though packages of bees cannot currently be imported into Great Britain, they are still allowed to be brought into Northern Ireland – from where they can then be transferred to the UK mainland without restriction or disease inspection.

Unless this loophole is closed, unscrupulous importers will be able to move bees into the UK without control.  There is no effective treatment for small hive beetle – in the US at least 20,000 colonies were destroyed within two years of its discovery and the potential impact on British beekeeping could be devastating.  We support the British Beekeepers Association in a campaign to ask the Government to take action on this urgent issue.  For more information on this issue see releases from the BBKA here

 

Honey is the bee's knees...

A recent study, published in the journal BMJ Evidence Based Medicine, has found that honey is a more effective treatment for coughs, blocked noses and sore throats than many conventionally prescribed remedies.  The researchers from the University of Oxford recommended honey as a cheap, accessible and low-risk treatment for symptoms of upper respiratory tract infection (URTI), on which antibiotics have no effect.

Read more in this article from The Observer

About local honey

The raw honey we produce in the Aire Valley is 100% local and an entirely natural product.  Nothing added and nothing taken away. 

Most of the cheaper honey in your local supermarket is sourced in bulk from many countries and blended, so its origin cannot be put on the label. Unfortunately sometimes it isn't even pure honey.

So buy local where you can, but expect to pay a little more for the good stuff!

When our Members have honey for sale we will advertise it here.

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