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Stephen Brain’s Taster Session

The purpose of the Taster Session is to give an overview of the essentials of beekeeping and how you get started and trained. The afternoon will cover a variety of topics so you can see what is involved in beekeeping. It is also an effective precursor to a full introduction to beekeeping course:

nature and […]

PRACTICAL BEEKEEPING – Improvers course leading to Basic Certificate

We are running this basic course again in the new year. It is designed for those who have been keeping bees for a year or two and leads to a Basic Certificate.

Details about what we cover can be found at:

The course will be run over 7 sessions on Mondays fitted in between […]


Tuesday November 17th – noon

at The Windmill in Portishead

(58 Nore Rd, Portishead, Bristol BS20 6JZ)

All welcome – come have a chat – keeping the winter wisdom warm!



Microscopy Course

Are you interested?

We are considering putting on a microscopy course next year run by Stephen Brain and others. However in order to make it viable there must be a commitment to complete the course from a sufficient number of people.

Stephen explains:

‘At the moment we are looking at commencing early 2016 and meeting […]


Bridget Knutson is to take a study group for Module 2 (Honey bee products and forage) for the exam on November 14th.

The sessions (organised by Annabel Lewis) will all take place at The George in Backwell 7.30pm on the following dates:

Wednesday 2nd September; Tuesday 29th September; Tuesday 13th October; Tuesday 27th October; Tuesday […]

Short bees and pollinators course at the University of Cambridge


Weekend course: “Bees, flies and flowers: the ecology of pollination and why it matters” 26 – 28 June 2015.

Are you worried about the plight of wild bees and other pollinators? These insects provide a crucial service pollinating crops and wildflowers. Yet there is widespread concern about their decline. This course will teach you […]

Queen rearing group 2015

First meeting this year on Wednesday 18th March at The George, Backwell. 7.30pm (in The Dungeon!)

In the spring last year we set up a workshop group to explore and try out the variety of ways of queen rearing. We are going to continue the group this year and new members are welcome.

As with […]

Improve Your Bees by Raising Your Own Queens – a 2 day course.

The Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders’ Association (BIBBA) will be running a small number of practical and theoretical queen rearing courses during 2015. These will be aimed at beekeepers who wish to improve their bees that show the characteristics of native bees, with emphasis on suitability to the environment, docility, calmness on the comb, […]

The Winter Cluster

The next two Winter Clusters are as follows: Monday 16th February. 12noon: The Windmill in Portishead Tuesday 17th March. 12noon: The Drum and Monkey, Kenn. Everybody welcome.

BASIC COURSE – Starting in January.

Once again we are running a basic course this winter.

It is designed for those who have been keeping bees for one or two seasons. Covering all the main areas in the craft you will have to opportunity of taking a practical assessment in the spring. Because all those taking the course have some experience […]