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.


Got a swarm?

We can remove swarms in our local area (roughly from Baildon to just south of Skipton).  If you need help please click here for advice and to get in touch with our swarm team


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!

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 no training is available now until 2022

News and events

Asian Hornet

The yellow legged (Asian) hornet is an invasive species that threatens our ecological balance and honey bees in particular.  For more information, download our leaflet.  Possible sightings should be reported to the email address alertnonnative@ceh.ac.uk

Covid-19 Update

We have postponed talks, training and events in view of the current epidemic.  ABKA members are pursuing their own local beekeeping activities, whilst following advice on social distancing.  We are still providing swarm collection this season, 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 members, here is information regarding access to your bees in the light of restricted movement during the epidemic.  I strongly advise you print a copy and keep it with you. Chris Hardy, Chair

About local honey

The honey we produce in the Aire Valley is 100% local and an entirely natural product. 

Much of the honey in your local supermarket is sourced 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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