About Shipston and District Beekeepers :

Shipston and District Beekeepers is a branch of the Warwickshire Beekeepers Association – registered charity no. 500276 – which in turn is affiliated to The British Beekeepers Association (BBKA), and is open to anyone interested in beekeeping.

Our membership consists of beginners, who are most welcome, as well as long standing members who are full of wisdom and help!  We aim to promote the interest in beekeeping and provide ways and means of teaching the art as well as educate the wider public on all things honey bees.

Members enjoy regular monthly social meeting often with a topical talk scheduled, regular visits to member’s home apiaries and invitations to various lectures and training programmes.

Our Members come from North Oxfordshire (10 beekeepers in and around Banbury), South Warwickshire and indeed a bit of North-East Gloucestershire (currently 9 members in and around Chipping Campden) and even a couple of members in Northamptonshire. The map below shows where individual members are and where we have ‘clusters’ of members – we cover quite an area:

Cachment area of SBK members
A map that shows where members of Shipston and District Beekeepers live – our catchment area

Interested in joining us?

A membership application form can be found on our Join Us page


Introduction to Beekeeping Course

Our successful two day “Introduction to Beekeeping” course was scheduled to be run in 2020 over the weekend of 25th and 26th April but was postponed due to the Corona virus issue. Whilst we cannot run any courses at the moment we do have active Member Forums and hold regular Virtual meetings via Zoom.

Asian Hornet:

The Asian hornet arrived in France in 2004 and is now common across large areas of Europe posing a severe hazard for honey bees and other pollinating insects. Several sightings of this predatory insect have been made in recent years in the Midlands, the South and the West of England.

So far the The National Bee Unit and the teams of Bee Inspectors have managed to prevent it becoming established in the UK.

It was initially believed that the species would not be able to survive in the north of the UK due to colder winters, but the winters are getting warmer and the species is proving to be highly adaptable.

It is imperative that every effort is made to prevent the intrusion of the Asian Hornet into this country. For detailed information please see our Asian Hornet page.

Upcoming events:

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