The Vale and Downland Beekeepers' Association , formerly known as Wantage and District Beekeepers' Association, was founded in 1963 and since 1991 has been a registered charity (1015801).

We represent the interests of beekeepers and beekeeping in the Vale of the White Horse and surrounding areas.

Our aims are to promote beekeeping and increase public awareness of bees and their importance to the environment. We are here to serve those who are already beekeepers, beginners who want to start beekeeping and need instruction, and anyone who wishes to be associated with bees and beekeeping in our area.

We are affiliated to the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) and therefore our members enjoy a range of benefits including the BBKA News, Insurance and much more. Our membership continues to grow and currently stands at 121.

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In the spotlight is the Vale & Downland Bee Keepers' Association Teaching Apiary

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A swarm of honey-bees May 2013 - photo John Eustace

If you come across a swarm of bees don't panic. The bees are usually quite docile while they are swarming but they may not stay in place for more than a few hours, so please ask for help without delay. There are members of the Vale & Downland Bee Keepers' Association who are happy to collect swarms.

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