Thinking of becoming a beekeeper?
Due to the CV19 epidemic we will not be able to train any more new beekeepers until 2023. We already have a waiting list and so anticipate that new applications will commence November 2022. We cannot accept registration before this time, sorry for any disappointment!
We usually train about 12 new beekeepers each year beginning in March. Our training plan combines practical hands-on experience with classroom sessions, with so you can experience bees in a safe environment before choosing how far you want to take your learning.
ABKA's staged training process starts in your first spring with Bees and Beekeeping, an informative and fun classroom session taught by two of our beekeepers. This introduction outlines what is involved in keeping bees. If you are keen to continue then you should next take our 'Meet the Bees' session.
If you decide to continue your beekeeper training, you need to complete both the Bees and Beekeeping and Meet the Bees sessions first. Only at this point, when you are sure that keeping bees is the hobby for you, will you begin our thorough and practical based Beekeeper Training Programme.
Our training stages
Half day ‘Introduction to Bees & Beekeeping’ course
Meet the Bees
Email our Education Officer to register your interest in our next course, please note that we will not be accepting new registrations before November 2022.
Introduction to Bees & Beekeeping
Course fee: £45
This is a fun, informative introduction for anyone interested in bees, their impact on our lives and the environment. If you are considering taking up beekeeping but unsure what is involved, this course will help you decide.
In the session, you will discover
How to identify honeybees and the differences between each caste
Why bees are so important to our lives and to the environment
What bees do all day and what they produce
What a super-organism is and how it works
What a beekeeper does during each year
What you need in order to be ready to start keeping bees
What to bring along:
A pen and paper if you wish to make notes.
Next Steps: Meet the Bees
Meet the Bees
Course fee: £25
‘Meet the Bees’ allows you to handle bees in a small group led by one of our experienced beekeepers. This is usually in April or May and is entirely weather dependent.
On the day
We provide a full bee suit and ensure you are properly prepared. We will talk about beekeeper and bee hygiene, demonstrate opening a hive, use of tools and smoker and handling a frame of bees for inspection. You will have the chance to hold a frame, which we'll describe and discuss.
You will hear the bees, watch them working, feel their warmth, smell pollen and honey and see different cells, bees and (hopefully) the queen. Then we carefully reassemble the hive and have time for questions.
The session will last 1-2 hours. You should bring clean wellies or boots, washing up gloves and glasses if you need them for close up work.
Next steps: Our full course