Thinking of becoming a beekeeper?


See our new page So You Want To Become A Beekeeper


George McGavin, OBKA President

"This site is of interest both to beekeepers locally in Oxfordshire and anyone curious about beekeeping. Members meet  up 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."



George McGavin
OBKA President,
Honorary Research Associate, Oxford University Museum of Natural History

OBKA February newsletter available in the Members area / Potential apiary site – Northmoor – see Classifieds / Ged Marshall’s talk on Queen Rearing is on the Winter Talks Videos page in the Members Area

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.

HELP Our Bees

Bees are in decline

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.


Beginners Course

Our annual beginners course starts in February with an introductory “What is Beekeeping” meeting. This is followed by a series of practical sessions conducted by our experienced tutors over the period May to September where you will be taken through the full cycle of bee behaviour.  For more information about the course including how to apply please visit the Learning about Beekeeping section of the website.


For those who are not quite sure if they want to attend the Beginners Course we arrange Annual Taster Days; 2019's was on 17th August; see here for more details.


Enjoy a range of benefits

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 advice, notices of OBKA events and activities and adverts for bees and equipment. Click here to find out more about membership.

Website Updates: We are in the process of continually improving the OBKA website so that it has more relevant content for both those interested in beekeeping and existing members of the OBKA. We have an Activities page so that you can see what the Association does in Oxfordshire, information about the Asian Hornet and we are adding sections on current items of interest to beekeepers. There is a Members Only area that now includes the calendar for the Teaching Apiary and equipment loan, a Classifieds section where members can buy and sell equipment and advertise potential apiary sites and the library with over 200 books on bees and beekeeping that members can borrow.

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