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Is the Animal and Plant Health Agency's - APHA - National Bee Unit website. It is designed for beekeepers and supports Scotland's Bee Health Programme which sets out to protect and sustain our valuable national bee stocks.



is the acronym of the Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders' Association.

BIBBA was founded in 1964, by Beowulf Cooper and others, for the conservation, restoration, study, selection and improvement of the native and near-native honey bees of Britain and Ireland (Apis mellifera mellifera L.).

Membership of BIBBA is open to those who are interested in producing high quality native and near-native honey bees.

Central Association of Beekeepers (CABK)

Bringing Science to the Beekeeper
A registered educational charity whose objectives are to promote and further the craft of beekeeping. By organising lectures and producing publications, the association enables beekeepers, bee scientists and others interested in bees to keep in touch with the latest research and ideas about bees and related topics. Acting as a bridge between the beekeeper and the scientist.


National & International Associations

British Beekeeping Association BBKA

The BBKA was set up in 1874 to promote and further the craft of beekeeping  and to advance the education of the public in the importance of bees in the environment. It is a leading organisation representing beekeepers. 


The Scottish Beekeepers Association SBA

Supporting Scottish Bees and Beekeepers. Founded in 1912 as the national beekeeping body in Scotland to represent, educate, assist, inform, insure and bring together over 1,500 beekeepers in Scotland.

Scottish Native Honey Bee Society - SCIO SC47105

Is a charity which is registered in Scotland with OSCR. The aims are :

  • To encourage beekeeping using Scottish native honey bees and promote their reinstatement within Scotland
  • To share skills in assessment, breeding and propagation of native and local honey bees
  • To promote the qualities of native honey bees to beekeepers
  • To promote the conservation of native honey bees to the public and work towards positive actions for conservation
  • To encourage scientific research that clarifies the conservation, improvement and health of native honey bees


The Welsh Beekeepers' Association - Cymdeithas Gwenynwyr Cymru

The encouragement, improvement and advancement of beekeeping throughout Wales  

Ulster Beekeepers Association

The UBKA is an Association of the affiliated local Beekeeping Associations in Northern Ireland. Formed in 1942.
There are 12 local area associations throughout Northern Ireland


Other Local Associations

Borders Beekeepers Association

In 1995 Berwickshire and Kelso associations amalgamated to form the Border Beekeepers Association

East Lothian Beekeepers Association 

The oldest Association in Scotland. The Association seeks to encourage and promote beekeeping by bringing novice and experienced beekeepers together. A small number of hives are run at the association apiary to provide a teaching resource.

Edinburgh and Midlothian Beekeepers' Association

The Association is one of the oldest Beekeeping Associations in Scotland, dating back to 1894

Peebles-shire Beekeepers

The Association was established in 1919





The Informed Voice of British Beekeeping - Your Apimondia Medal Winning Bee Magazine - The Official Journal of the British Beekeepers' Association.
Editor : Claire Waring
Deputy Editors: Stephen Fleming & Richard Rickitt

Northern Bee Books

Publishers of The Beekeepers Quarterly.

Suppliers of a wide range of beekeeping litrature. See their catalogue at: 

Scottish Beekeeper Magazine Archive


The archive of the Scottish Beekeeper Magazine is now available online. It is in PDF format and is searchable in blocks of one year, starting in 1924 and ending with 2014 magazines.




Stock a range of equipment suitable for beginners to professional beekeepers including:

National hives in cedar and poly - Honey extractors electric and manual

B J Sherriff (EST 1968)

Specialist makers of fine quality beekeeping apparel

* Clear View Veil * Quality Protection * Fifteen Colours * Made Solely in the UK * Five Year Warranty on All Zips  

British Beefeeds

Apiinvert Syrup - Apifonda Paste - Apipuder Powder
Sudzuker are the original manufacturer of sucrose based bee feeds in Europe.

Brunel Microscopes Ltd

Microscopes for bee dissection & disease & pollen identification. Imaging Systems. Bee information pages 

C. Wynne Jones

Beekeeping Equipment - Bottles and Jars

Foundation, Wooden & Polystyrene Hive Parts, Frames, Feeders, Nuc Boxes, Hive Health Products and much more

Caddon Hives

Quality Hives made from Western Red Cedar
Langstroth - National - Smith - WBC
Beekeeping accessories also available

Maisemore Apiaries Ltd

Professional Beekeepers, Manufacturers and Retailers. Established 1953. 

E H Thorne (Beehives) Ltd

The online shop is full of beekeeping and candlemaking equipment for the new or experienced beekeeper. They have been manufacturing beekeeping equipment for over 100 years and are known for the quality of the products and the service they offer. 


Other Useful Links

Bees Abroad

UK beekeepers and supporters who work as volunteers worldwide to reduce poverty. Working with overseas partners to train low-income communities in beekeeping to generate income and to learn the necessary business skills to make their enterprises sustainable and profitable

Bees for Development

The specialist international beekeeping organisation - making a difference worldwide

Working to Alleviate Poverty - Championing Biodiversity

David A Cushman

Dave Cushman's website is a huge resource that is considered by many to be the world's most comprehensive and authoritative beekeeping website. Dave passed away in 2011. The site is maintained by Roger Patterson

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