2018 Beginners Course in Beekeeping

281Getting ready for the wonderful hobby of Bee Keeping

This is our very popular course for those who want to take up Beekeeping in their first year. This course is always fully booked, so please register early to avoid disappointment.

The course agenda includes:-

  • An overview history and background to the Honeybee and to Beekeeping
    • The make-up of the Honeybee colony; the history of Honeybee ‘nesting’; Honeybee Foraging and Uses within the Hive; and Materials and produce from the hive, and wide ranging uses
  • Modern day hives and equipment
    • Different types of hive; Beekeeping clothing; and hive tools used to maintain the hive
  • The new Beekeeper getting started
    • Where to keep bees; positioning the hive; obtaining a Beginners Hive, clothing, and tools ; and obtaining Bees
  • The Beekeepers First Year
    • Spring, summer, late Summer, and mid-winter honeybee colony and hive inspection and maintenance
    • An overview of the range of training and support to cover the hobbyist beekeeper with one or two hives, up to the serious beekeeper with multiple hives and associated activities.bbka guide to beekeeping

This course is run over 5 consecutive Sunday afternoons and will include a practical  covering frame and hive construction for the more practical attendees. And finally there will be a visit to a honeybee apiary where opening and inspecting a hive will be demonstrated.
The cost of the course is only £95 which includes the very useful BBKA manual (RRP is £18.99) suitable for the beekeeping beginner and a years membership to North Herts Beekeepers Association which includes the BBKA & Hertfordshire BKA. Your NHBKA membership starts as soon as we receive your cheque and runs through to March 2019 and your BBKA & HBKA membership will start in March 2018 to coincide with the start of the course.  If you are already a member of another division of HBKA then we will waiver our membership costs.

Course Dates:-

  • Sunday 25th February 14:30 – 17:00,
  • Sunday 4th March 14:30 – 17:00,
  • Sunday 11th March 14:30 – 17:00,
  • Sunday 18th March 14:30 – 17:00,
  • Sunday 25th March 14:30 – 17:00,
  • A Saturday/Sunday in April for a visit to the training apiary depending on weather

The address for the training sessions is:-
Mrs Howard Memorial Hall
Norton Way South,
Letchworth Garden City
Hertfordshire, SG6 1NX

To register for our course please Sign up here and please printout and complete our membership form Membership application Form

Please make your cheques payable to “North Hertfordshire Beekeeping Association” and send your completed membership application form and cheque to :-
Gary Hammond, Training Coordinator
North Herts BKA.
Honey Pot House,
219 Cambridge Road,

Your place with be confirmed when we receive your payment.

Lastly, we look forward to meeting you in the very near future.