Roe Valley Beekeepers Association

Events, News & links


Follow this You Tube link to a series of fantastic beekeeping videos produced by our own Sam Laverty.

The 2018-19 Honey bee husbandry survey report is now online at the AFBI website:

Download Dr James Tew’s entire publication ‘Backyard beekeeping’ by clicking on the illustration.

with thanks to Dr Tew following his RVBKA visit

UBKA is an Association of the affiliated local Beekeeping Associations in Northern Ireland. Formed in 1942, it is the umberella organisation through which we have access to FIBKA moderated beekeeping courses and examinations. UBKA holds an anual beekeeping conference each spring with international speakers

The Federation of Irish Beekeepers Associations is the organisation through which we have access to  moderated beekeeping courses and examinations. Each summer it holds a beekeeping conference and workshops in Gormandstown. The Federation represents  57 local member associations.

The Institure of NI beekeepers is a Northern Ireland wide association which is affiliated to the British Beekeepers Association. Its international links have provided many top ranking speekers for RVBKA. INIB hold an annual conference and honey show in the autumn

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 the UK's leading organisation representing beekeepers.  Its lobbying, international links and educational activities are well known .BBKA hold a hugh annual honey show in the autumn

BeeBase is the Animal and Plant Health Agency's (APHA) National Bee Unit website. It is designed for beekeepers and supports Defra, Welsh Government and Scotland's Bee Health Programmes and the Healthy Bees Plan, which set out to protect and sustain valuable national bee stocks.

Founded in 1912 as the national beekeeping body in Scotland The Scottish Beekeepers Association represent, educate, assist, inform, insure and bring together over 1500 beekeepers in Scotland.

The Agri-Food & Biosciences Institute (AFBI) was created in 2006 as an amalgamation of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) Science Service and the Agricultural Research Institute of Northern Ireland (ARINI).  AFBI carries out research and development, statutory, analytical, and diagnostic testing functions. Their Bee Inspection programme and diagnostic tests via New Forge Lane are important to beekeepers in Northern Ireland

Senior Bee inspector

Thomas Williamson

DARD  Quality Assurance Branch

4 – 6 Killane Road, 


Tel: 028 7772 1816   

Fax: 028 7776 8075


DARD Bee Inspector, Antrim & Londonderry

Kevin Bradley

DARD, Quality Assurance Branch

12a Coleraine Road


Tel: 028 7964 2405

Fax: 028 7964 5014