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About obka

Education at OBKA

The Oxfordshire Beekeepers Association (OBKA) objectives are 'to further and promote the craft of beekeeping and to advance the education of the public in the importance of bees in the environment'. We provide an educational programme for the anyone interesting in becoming a beekeeper, including taster sessions, meetings and practical beginners courses.
We also encourage our members to raise their standards through further qualifications, such the BBKA Basic Assessment in Beekeeping or Advanced BBKA husbandry courses and examinations.
OBKA also provides practical information and assistance to the general public for the collection honey bee swarms, and we are now actively drawing attention to the decline of pollinators and how we can help our environment.


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2018 Beginners' Beekeeping Course

The course consists of a mixture of six practical and one theory session held at our teaching apiary at The Marlborough School in Woodstock. The sessions run from 6.30 to 8.30 on Wednesday evenings at monthly intervals between March and August. The exception is the theory session which will be held on Friday 20th April 2018.


The cost of the course for 2018 students is £55. You can apply to join the course at any time by email.


After coming to the 'What is Beekeeping' meeting (held 2nd March 2018 in the M.E.C. building at Marlborough School) - attendance is mandatory - you can make your decision on whether or not to sign up for the course and also join OBKA. You cannot do the beginners course unless you are also a member of the Association. To join the Oxfordshire Beekeeping Association (OBKA), find the application form on this website.



If you are interested in attending the 'What is Beekeeping?' meeting and our 2018 course, please contact us.

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Annual Taster Day 

Missed our beginners training course for this year? Thinking about taking up beekeeping next year or further forward? Why not come along to our Taster Day next summer, see honey bees at work in a hive and find out whether or not beekeeping is for you.

The morning or afternoon sessions will be held at our Teaching Apiary at The Marlborough School in Woodstock (dates to be advised) and there will be a small fee per person. Full protective clothing will be supplied.

If you would like to sign up or get more information about the Taster Day, please email Peter Chaunt, or ring Pete on 01869 338625 for more details.

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