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The South Chilterns Beekeepers’ Association (SCBKA), currently has members in an area of the South Chilterns bounded by the Thames to the South and the M40 to the North. We are a well-established group of beekeepers interested in the promotion of good beekeeping and the preservation of the Honey Bee. We have members from all walks of life, and whilst some of us are complete beginners we are fortunate to have a number of very experienced beekeepers who will share their knowledge about the honey bee and practical beekeeping skills.

With an Association Apiary set in the beautiful South Oxfordshire countryside we are able to offer our members practical courses and demonstrations of beekeeping, using docile, near native bees.

We also hold monthly educational and entertaining winter meetings in the Woodcote Village Hall (RG8 0QY). Our summer meetings are held at various locations within our membership area.

Whether or not you have your own bees, we welcome new members from the towns and villages in the area shown below.

  • Justine is a valued Member who attended our Theory Course, which helped her to decide if beekeeping was for her.
  • After joining our Association she progressed onto the Summer Practical Course and together these Courses gave her the confidence to start her beekeeping with good basic underpinning knowledge and skills.

Now registering students for the South Chilterns BKA Beekeeping for Beginners Theory Course March 2025



Note: it is a requirement that potential student beekeepers attend a Theory Course prior to attendance on the Summer Experience Practical Course. Practical competence is a progression building on knowledge and understanding gained during the Theory Course


  • Contact Margaret at to register your interest and/or for details

Members contacted direct about events

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