Ulster Beekeepers' Association

Helping you enter the world of the honey bee with practical education on keeping bees and access to knowledge on the science of bees

Ulster Beekeepers Association represents the interests of beekeepers across all beekeeping associations in the province of Ulster.

UBKA supports and promotes education and practical skills to beekeepers to encourage high standards of beekeeping. We will promote healthy and happy beekeeping for the well-being of both beekeepers and honey bees.

We increase public awareness and education on the importance of honey bees and pollinators to our environment and biodiversity.

A beekeeper inspecting a hive

What We Do

Beekeepers at work

How to become a beekeeper

UBKA organises and runs high-quality courses from beginner to senior level which gives very comprehensive theory and practical education to the student. These courses are run in partnership with the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise, CAFRE, and Open College Network Northern Ireland, OCNNI.

Annual Conference

CAFRE, Greenmount Campus, 45 Tirgracy Road, Antrim BT41 4PS

The UBKA Annual Conference 2024 will be held on the 16th and 17th of February. The theme is “Bee Prepared – Facing the Future”. A medley of science, practical beekeeping and workshops covering: introductory beekeeping, microscopy, skep making, the art of mead production, encaustic art and more!

People at a beekeeping conference

Where is my closest association?

Check our map for the position of our local beekeeping associations.

There are currently fourteen local Associations connected to the Ulster Beekeepers Association. They operate and support members at a local level.

How to deal with a swarm of honeybees.

A swarm of bees sometimes frightens people, though the bees are usually not aggressive at this stage of their life cycle. This is principally due to the swarming bees’ lack of brood (developing bees) to defend, and their interest in finding a new nesting location for their queen.

This does not mean that bees from a swarm will not attack if they perceive a threat; however, most bees only attack in response to intrusions against their colony