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Taking care of honeybees in the Aire Valley since 1908
Honey bee on pink flower
Honey bee on pink flower

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Inspection at the ABKA apiary
Inspection at the ABKA apiary

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Honey bee on geranium
Honey bee on geranium

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Honey bee on pink flower
Honey bee on pink flower

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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.


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 training courses are oversubscribed. We will not be responding to enquiries for next year's course until November 2022. 


We have have several membership categories depending on 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. 

Latest news

As an affiliate of both the British Beekeepers Association and Yorkshire Beekeepers Association, Airedale Beekeepers discourages the importation of both honey bee queens and colonies from outside the UK.   This is particularly important in view of the potential threat from Small Hive Beetle.  Read more about Small Hive Beetle on our News page

Bees Needs Champions Award for Cliffe Castle


We are pleased to report that Cliffe Castle Museum and Park has been named a Bees Needs Award winner for the second year running.  The awards recognise and celebrate 'examples of exemplary initiatives to support pollinators.'  ABKA has been working with Cliffe Castle for many years and supports various pollinator initiatives at the museum, including supplying the very popular Observation Hive, the colony of honeybees which is maintained at the museum during the summer months.   


The Bees Needs Awards are a joint initiative between Defra and Keep Britain Tidy.  The award announcement said that Cliffe Castle "stood out as being particularly impressive" with its wide variety of pollinator activities, such as wellbeing and wildflower walks, workshops and performances as well as active participation in the Pollinator Monitoring Scheme.  The award is credit to Cliffe Castle for its continued commitment to supporting pollinators where it can and making this fun for visitors too.  More information about the Bees Needs Awards can be found here.

Dates for the diary 2022

Asian Hornet Week, 5-11 September 


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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