We are passionate about beekeeping
Oxfordshire Beekeepers’ Association (OBKA) is a registered charity that has supported beekeepers across Oxfordshire for over one hundred years. We provide training courses at our apiary in Woodstock, support a range of social media channels to enable our members to share their experiences of beekeeping, and organise talks at various locations across the county (and via Zoom) during the winter period. We have a diverse and friendly membership, from beginners through to experienced beekeepers running up to fifty hives. Where practicable, we support education projects in schools and in the community and we run one or two demonstration events for the public every summer.
We welcome new members, whether you just want to know a bit more about bees and beekeeping (you can join us as a Local Member for just £7.00), through to experienced beekeepers moving to the area.
Follow OBKA's beekeeping adventures on 'Our Beekeeping Year - 2021' page including a video tour of our training apiary and bee garden.
Why consider joining Oxfordshire Beekeepers Association
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, Bee Disease Insurance for your hives and access to the knowledge and experience from OBKA's members. 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.
We offer a range of training opportunities:
Our annual beginners course starts in February with an introductory “What is Beekeeping” meeting. This is followed by a series of practical sessions from May to September where you will be taken through the full cycle of bee behaviour. For more information lease 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; see here for more details.
On this Website: We are continually improving this website so that it has more relevant content for both those considering taking up beekeeping and existing members of the OBKA. We have a page that takes you through our year in the Training apiary and an Activities page so that you can see what the Association does in Oxfordshire. There is information about the Asian Hornet and Swarms. Our Members Only area that includes a Classifieds section where members can buy and sell equipment and advertise potential apiary sites, watch videos of Zoom talks, look for books in the the OBKA library (we have over 200 books that members can borrow) and a Q&A section where members can post their beekeeping questions.