Want to be a beekeeper?
Beekeeping is a fascinating and rewarding hobby but should not be entered into without careful thought and proper training.
Bee behaviour can be complex and sometimes difficult to interpret. Only with proper training and some hands-on experience is it possible to understand and properly manage a colony of bees so as to prevent them being a nuisance to others. Badly managed honeybees can spread disease to others and stings can be life-threatening.
Just like any other livestock, honey bees have to be carefully and regularly checked - at least once a week during the summer season (late April to September). This is to monitor the health of the bees and enable the beekeeper to anticipate swarming and take swarm prevention measures if necessary.
So if you want to be a beekeeper you need:
To undertake a reputable training course, preferably with an organisation that is part of the British Beekeepers Association
The support of an experienced beekeeper for your first couple of seasons
A safe and appropriate place to keep your bees, where they will not present a hazard to neighbours
Sufficient time to do weekly inspections
At least £500 to purchase the necessary equipment to start
Regrettably, we cannot run our usual training courses at present due to the COVID epidemic, but do Email our Education Officer to register your interest in our next course. NB. we will not be accepting new registrations before November 2022.