Welcome To BdBKA

The Bradford Beekeepers are a group of friendly beekeepers from Bradford and West Leeds. We are members of the Yorkshire Beekeepers Associations and the British Beekeepers Association. Our aim is to help people keep bees successfully and to enjoy helping one another to do things well. Beekeeping is best in the city and the suburbs and we can produce the best quality honey, candles and other hive products.

We hold winter discussion meetings and summer apiary visits. We also run training courses and have a library of beekeeping books and DVD’s for group members to use. Our membership ranges from University staff to truck drivers. What
unites us is the international language of the bee and beekeeping and the joy of working with these magical animals. As individuals and groups in Bradford become interested in beekeeping and encouraging bees in the city we aim to give them aid and support so that they can be as successful as possible.

We will also help you if you find a swarm of bees.

Almost anybody can keep bees and you can keep bees almost anywhere. We have bees on the campus of Bradford University, on nature reserves, on a roof, on an allotment, in fields and in gardens. We have beekeepers who have been apiarists for more than thirty years and we have members who haven’t got bees yet. We are also very lucky because we have very good links with the National Bee Unit and the Regional Bee Inspector who provide FREE help and advice to our members. We also have very strong links with the Yorkshire Beekeepers Association.

Bee a hero and help us get Britain buzzing with bees again.

Follow Winnie the Pooh on his latest adventure..

to help save the honey bees

E2463_BeeBookletCover_Web-212x300We’re excited to announce BBKA's new partnership with the iconic British and honey-loving bear, Winnie-the-Pooh!

To encourage families to help honey bees, BBKA have joined forces with Egmont Publishing – the publisher of the classic Winnie-the-Pooh stories – to create a special ‘bee-friendly’ guide.

Helping families to understand the part they can play, the new ‘bee –friendly’ guide includes a brand new short story and ten simple activities to support British honey bees – all featuring Winnie-the-Pooh and friends in various parts of England, lovingly drawn by illustrator Mark Burgess, who coloured the original E.H Shepherd black & white art and the latest book ‘Return to the Hundred Acre Wood’.

Full of activities from planting and baking to arts & crafts to educate children about the importance of bees, there is something for everyone to try!

Take a look at BBKA's new video animation and see how you can help build bee-friendly habitats, and increase biodiversity within the British landscape

Friends of the Honey Bee is a national campaign organised by the British Beekeepers Association.

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Certificate of Competence as a Beekeeper

An assessment process that:-

  • Aims to help beekeepers think carefully about what they are doing so that they can do it well.
  • Is competency based.
  • Includes practical beekeeping.
  • Stresses the importance of bee health.
  • Includes the processing, packaging and sale of hive products.
  • Requires the application and understanding of honeybee biology.
  • Stresses personal and community safety in all aspects of beekeeping.
  • Is assessed by experienced beekeepers who are active association members.
  • Requires participants to become active association members.
  • Will ensure that participants become good beekeepers.

Participants will find that their learning and development as beekeepers is structured and directed towards personal improvement. Each participant can progress through the assessment at their own pace and will be able to tackle activities and tasks when their beekeeping requires them to do so. The workbooks that support each activity gives valuable help to enable the beekeeper to do the tasks well.

Login now to find out more and start your Certificate of Competence as a Beekeeper.

Amazing Time-Lapse:

Year six Students inspect a colony

BdBKA Launches Schools Pack

Low Ash School Pupils

To help educate youngsters about the importance of bees, Bradford Beekeepers Association have compiled a special learning resource with the help of a £9,713 cash boost from The Gannett Foundation, run by the parent company of the Telegraph & Argus.

'Bradford's Brilliant Bees' was launched on Friday December 5 at Low Ash School, Shipley, and will be distributed to more than 230 schools within the city during 2015.

Bradfords' Brilliant Bees

The Pack contains more than 100 classroom activities for younger children in Key Stage 1, as well as complicated tasks for older children, including 'A' level students. Information about pollination, bees and food and the importance of biodiversity is also included.

Two DVDs contained within the pack comprise activities, worksheets and powerpoint presentations along with weblinks. They also give viewers the opportunity to see inside a hive through the eyes of some Year 6 students.

Whilst raising awareness of how much our life is connected with nature, bees and pollinators the pack supports bees in particular.

The aim of the pack is to make sure youngsters are more aware of the need for a diverse range of plants and animals in and around the city to help them understand the link between plants, animals and the food they eat, and to give them the opportunity to see for themselves how fascinating life inside a hive can be, it may also help youngsters with insect phobias to overcome their fear.

BdBKA will also be offering schools the opportunity to have an interactive session with a Bradford beekeeper and will also be welcoming school visits to our training apiary during the beekeeping season.

For more information call Bradford Beekeepers Association on 07847 476927 or 07968 817153.