Beekeeping Courses

Each year we run a number of courses ranging from an introductory course for those contemplating taking up beekeeping to more specialised courses for those who wish to develop new or existing skills.

Current courses are:

  1. Online – An Introduction to Beekeeping – for before you begin to care for bees. Video based answering “can I keep bees, what do I need, urban beekeeping, dealing with swarms, law, rules and regulations”.
  2. Practical Beekeeping for Beginners – Introduction – An immersive starter and taster day to experience being around honey bees, hives and equipment. A full day workshop with loan of all the equipment and guidance you need from our alternative beekeeping expert.

1. An Introduction to Beekeeping

This on-line course will introduce you to the craft of beekeeping and raise your awareness of all the matters you should consider before acquiring any bees!

The course comprises of a brief introduction and the following 16 sections, which can be viewed separately and in any order. Total running time 135 minutes.

  1. Why keep bees?
  2. Brief history of beekeeping
  3. Types of beekeepers
  4. The beekeeping year
  5. Life history of the honey bee
  6. Hive inspections
  7. Collecting swarms
  8. Hive products
  9. Bees, wasps and hornets
  10. Hives and equipment
  11. Creating an apiary
  12. Acquiring bees
  13. Bee stings
  14. Bees, the Law & Insurance
  15. Bureaucracy
  16. The next step

Cost: £35

To download a booking form, please click here.

2. Practical Beekeeping for Beginners

We run this course for small groups, according to demand, during May and June each year. Dates will be published nearer the time.

The workshop will be divided into a number of sessions including:

Risk assessments
Know your hive
Inspection kit
Manual handling
Frames and wax
Inspection purposes
Apiary hygiene
Setting up a hive
Hive inspections
Learning reflections
Protective clothing
Hive records

To receive details of courses please register here.