Beekeeping Taster Course 2018

The Association normally runs a 'Taster in Beekeeping' course each year in the spring for people interested in taking their first steps with keeping bees. The 2018 course will be run as a week-end course 21st and 22nd April


Saturday & Sunday 10am - 5pm daily

Cost: £70 per person, £130 per 'twosome'*, £35 if under 16**

* Will only receive one copy of handouts
**must be accompanied by a full fee paying adult

The week-end course will be both theoretical and practical, including a hands-on session at our Association apiary where you will see inside a beehive and handle the bees (weather permitting)

The course covers:
- Starting out in beekeeping
- Costs involved
- Beekeeping throughout the year
- Honeybee life, behaviour and colony
- Equipment
- Setting up an apiary
- Forage

The association draws its educational strength from its own pool of enthusiastic and highly experienced beekeepers and master beekeepers who volunteer to give up their own free time to teach others. This can mean timings and dates have to change in response to unforeseen circumstances and in such an event, alternative dates or a refund will be offered.

For more information and booking details, please contact the Association's Education Officer.

Education Officer


Once you have kept bees for a season or two we encourage all members to do the BBKA Basic Assessment which demonstrates you have attained a general proficiency in beekeeping.


Joining The NSBKA


For those members who are keen to learn more we have informal tutor groups and encourage correspondence courses for the BBKA modular exams. Our Association currently has a number of Master Beekeepers and several of our members are working towards Master Beekeeper status which involves, among other things, a detailed practical assessment as well as completion of the theory modules.

We also run courses from time to time on particular aspects of beekeeping such as Queen Rearing, Food Hygiene, and Microscopy courses which enable us to examine the anatomy of the bee and diagnose adult bee diseases.


See BBKA examinations and assessments for more information etc contact the Association's Education Officer.

Education Officer



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