As a beginner you will want to learn the beekeeping basics as quickly as possible. Later there will be plenty of opportunities to learn more about the biology, social life and behaviour of the amazing honey bee.
To find out what is happening at our training apiary please click on this link
A few other updates:-
Tracy & Jacky have run Taster sessions over the last year,
We are helping one of our beekeeper's sons develop beekeeping as his skill for the Duke of Edinburgh Silver award. It wasn't something we'd thought about but is a good use of the Sunday morning sessions at the Training Apiary.
4 graduates from the Training Apiary took their BBKA Basic Assessment on 24 June. This follows sessions to study the syllabus through the winter months and practical experience at the hives from April onwards.
It is worthwhile joining your local group of beekeepers before you start buying anything. In these groups you will find enthusiastic and friendly people, some with a lot of experience, and a growing number of beginners too.
The programme of meetings arranged by the Westerham Branch of KBKA includes winter lectures and summer demonstrations held in member’s apiaries. During the spring and summer there will be opportunities for you to experience handling bees and equipment before you spend any money.
When you decide to go ahead and start with bees you will be able to learn from experienced beekeepers. Some of our members can act as your mentor and many beginners find this very helpful.
You are welcome to attend any of our meetings before you join the Branch and before you finally decide to go ahead with bees.
There are a number of beekeeping courses for beginners in this area. During the winter, courses are usually classroom based covering the basic syllabus of the British Beekeepers’ Association (BBKA) in eight to ten weekly two hourly sessions. There are intensive weekend courses too. During the spring and summer there are courses covering the practical aspects usually based in a training apiary. In January BeeCraft publish a list of courses in the BeeCraft Courses Directory. For more specific information about courses near our area contact the following:
East Surrey Bees, www.eastsurreybees.co.uk
Dorset Road Allotments, Bromley.
Beekeeping for Beginners with Clive Watson and Bob Jackman. Contact Bob Jackman, Tel:0207 7339568 Email email@example.com
Beginners Beekeeping with Peter Hutton. Contact Peter Hutton Tel: 07941 375589 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
During the spring and summer some of our members provide opportunities for beginners to learn the practical aspects of beekeeping at the Crockham Hill Common apiary. They will learn how to open a hive and handle bees under the guidance of experienced beekeepers. Many have found this extremely useful particularly as they prepare to start with their own bees in a nucleus (a starter colony) or a swarm.
If you are unable to find a suitable course nearby or at a time when you can attend, you can enrol with the BBKA Correspondence Course. Some beginners study at home. If you are attending a course and especially if you are embarking on studying at home on your own, you will benefit by joining an informal discussion group of beginners.
There are plenty of books about bees and beekeeping and many are aimed at beginners. Our Branch library includes some of the following books for beginners, so you can look at them before you chose one to buy.
|Practical Beekeeping||Clive de Bruyn|
|Bees at the bottom of the garden||Alan Campion|
|Guide to Bees and Honey||Ted Hooper|
|Starting Out With Bees||John Williams|