Essex Beekeepers’ Association (EBKA) aims to promote and further the craft of beekeeping.


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Current Events

The EBKA runs events for its membership, upcoming ones are as follows :


140th Annual General Meeting

Saturday 7 March 2020 at 2pm

Room E06, Writtle College, Lordship Lane, Chelmsford. CM1 3RP

The Ted Hooper Memorial Lecture

On March 21st Essex Beekeepers’ Association is delighted to host Professor Giles Budge, who will be discussing his vital research on the impact of Chronic Bee Paralysis Virus on beekeeping. There will also be a presentation on another threat to bees and all other pollinators: Asian Hornet.

  • 1.00pm Registration and Refreshments
  • 1.30pm Introduction given by Jane Ridler EBKA
  • 1.40pm Chronic Bee Paralysis Virus with Professor Giles Budge
  • 3.00pm Questions
  • 3.15pm Tea
  • 3.40pm Hunting Asian Hornet in Jersey with Katy Langley
  • 4.10pm Bee Health in Essex with Salma Attan
  • 4.30pm Close

The 2020 Ted Hooper Memorial Lecture will be given at the Essex Wildlife Trust:

For Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ted-hooper-memorial-lecture-tickets-89485500541

EBKA Conference

31 October 2020

– at the beautiful Tudor venue of New Hall, Boreham, Chelmsford (once home to Henry VIII).

3 speakers in the morning, a 2-course meal  and a choice out of 7 workshops in the afternoon. Further info  at ChelmsfordBeekeepers.com

Book your place for £25 online at this secure site.  Pay by Debit/Credit card, PayPal, cheque or BACS

Local Honey for Sale

The members of the Essex Beekeepers association sell their own honey – see our Essex Honey for Sale page for details.


The EBKA currently has more than 800 members, some with many decades of practical beekeeping experience, while others are newcomers to the craft, bringing enthusiasm and dedication to their new-found hobby.

We are a friendly and active association of hobbyist beekeepers throughout Essex, sharing a common interest in:

  • Learning about and caring for bees
  • Producing high quality honeybeeinspectorslookinsidehiveatChenwill
  • Producing beeswax products
  • Encouraging more people to join us in our hobby

Membership of the Essex Beekeepers’ Association is through local groups, known as divisions, in: Braintree, Chelmsford, Colchester, Dengie & Maldon, Epping Forest, Harlow, Romford, Southend and Saffron Walden. These local groups meet on a regular basis, to share knowledge and experiences, run beekeeping courses and social events.

Beekeeping is very rewarding, with plenty to learn from other beekeepers and even more from the bees themselves. New members are always welcome, so if you are interested in finding out more, please contact your local group.

beesinthehandThe EBKA produces a monthly magazine called The Essex Beekeeper giving details of future events, as well as news & views around the Essex beekeeping community. To advertise in The Essex Beekeeper, contact Jean Smye at editor@ebka.org. Additional sources of information for new beekeepers include the British Beekeepers’ Assocation website, and their official journal Bee Craft.

Members also enjoy insurance cover on their bees against disease through the BDI scheme (the BBKA membership gives personal and product liability insurance); as well as access to the association library and help and assistance in all beekeeping pursuits.