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Taking care of honeybees in the Aire Valley since 1908

About us

Airedale Beekeepers Association (ABKA) was started in 1908.  We are affiliated to Yorkshire Beekeepers and the British Beekeepers Association and our area spans the Aire Valley from Bingley and Baildon to as far as Skipton.


During swarm season we can help manage swarms, but only in our Association area, roughly Bingley to just south of Skipton. 

Please read our swarms page carefully before contacting us.

Get involved

Beekeeping is a fascinating hobby but a big responsibility! If you are interested in keeping bees, find out more about what is involved on our 'Want to be a Beekeeper?' page.'


Our members enjoy the support of the Association plus social events, educational talks and access to the loan of equipment.  We have several membership categories depending on experience.  Click to contact our Membership Secretary.

Cliffe Castle Bee Blog

Read about the Cliffe Castle bees through our regular bee blog
We have been sharing 
updates about the happenings with the Cliffe Castle bees - they are now tucked up for the winter in our Association apiary.  The colony will return in Spring 2024, but you can read about this year's progress through the blog. 

With thanks for all this year's hard work to our Cliffe Castle Observation Hive Team, Steve, Mike, Lee and Linda.

Latest news

ABKA is sad to report the recent death of our President, Peter Hewitt who passed away in September 2023 just 18 days before his 100th birthday.    

A highly respected beekeeper and excellent speaker, Peter's decades of experience and gentle affection for his bees were much appreciated by ABKA and he will be missed by many of our members. 

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Check out what one of our younger beekeepers got up to when she was chosen as just one of three beekeepers to represent England at this year's International Meeting of Young Beekeepers in Slovenia! 

Read Joanna's blog

About local honey

The honey our beekeepers 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!

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