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Welcome to Oxfordshire Beekeepers Association

"This site is of interest both to beekeepers locally in Oxfordshire and anyone curious about beekeeping. Members meet monthly, either at one of our summer Apiary Meetings, or at a social event during the winter months. It is at these meetings that our members gain valuable insight to the craft of beekeeping and have the opportunity to benefit from the friendly support of our membership. If you are considering keeping bees, then your first action should be to join us."

President: George McGavin

Honorary Research Associate,

Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Dates for your Diary

OCT
23
OBKA Honey ShowWhen: October 23, 2016
DEC
16
OBKA Quizz NightWhen: December 16, 2016
FEB
17
What is Beekeeping?When: February 23, 2017
 
 
 
  • Already a beekeeper looking to expand your knowledge? Take a BBKA Basic Assessment organised by OBKA.Contact us about advanced qualification to improve your beekeeping and hive product standards.
  • Have you got a honey bee swarm? Contact the OBKA Swarms Liaison Officer Maurice Leen, on 01865 773626. See full list of swarm contacts and information about swarms.
  • Read our Events page and make sure you don't miss out on many interesting excursions and meetings.Join us for apiary visits, honey shows, skep making and much more.

Help Our Bees

Bee populations are in decline
What You can do to Help

We can all help to ensure that honey bees and other pollinating insects survive and thrive. Protect pollinators by growing more flowers, avoid disturbing insect nests, or mow your lawn less often to allow plants to flower. And if you are lucky enough to come across a swarm of honey bees, increase their chances of survival by contacting your local swarm collector.
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OBKA Courses

Is beekeeping for you?
Apiary Taster Sessions and Overview Meeting

Education to secure the next generation of beekeepers is at the heart of Oxfordshire Beekeepers Association's mission. We run a 'What is Beekeeping?' event, designed for people who are thinking of applying for the Beginners' Course. The Course itself gives hand-on, practical experience in the teaching apiary, and provides a solid foundation to help you get started.
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Join Us

Enjoy a range of benefits
Apply for Membership

There are many benefits of being a member of Oxfordshire Beekeepers Association, including indirect membership of the British Beekeepers Association, free Bee Disease Insurance for your hives, and access to knowledge and experience from Oxfordshire's beekeepers. Members also receive a monthly Newsletter, which contains stories, notices, and adverts for bees and equipment
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We Are Passionate About Beekeeping

Our charitable objectives are 'to further and promote beekeeping and to advance the education of the public in the importance of bees in the environment'. Oxfordshire Beekeepers Association undertakes a wide range of activities, including educational courses, an annual honey show, meetings and talks.                Learn More About Us
 
Take a Qualification
See our Newsletter
OBKA Staff
Calendar of Events
 
“The keeping of bees is like the direction of sunbeams.” Henry David Thoreau

Meet the OBKA Team

Phil Sharman
Phil SharmanChairman
Peter Chaunt
Peter ChauntVice Chairman
 
See a full list of contacts for all aspects of Oxfordshire Beekeepers Asociation's activities. List of OBKA Contacts