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For Beekeepers

Introduction to Beekeeping

Each year we run a course called Introduction to Beekeeping.   Over 10 weeks from January to March we  explain the life cycle of the honey  bee and cover the basics of beekeeping. This is just the start however as once the course is completed, we invite the class to our teaching  apiary.  Here they can get hands-on experience of managing honey bees under the guidance of our experienced beekeepers.

Should you then choose to join our branch we can help you find a suitable hive and source a colony of honey bees. During your first season  we expect you to keep the bees at the teaching apiary where, every Sunday between 10.00 am and 12.00 noon, a group of experienced  beekeepers will be on hand to help you manage your bees and learn the basic techniques of beekeeping.  In your second year you will move  your colony to a site of your choosing and we will help you by assigning an experienced mentor from the group to guide and assist you.

Details of January 2017 course below…



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 structure of the colony
  • equipment, hives, including Beehaus
  • management throughout the year, including swarm control
  • harvesting
  • pests and diseases
  • training, help and local organisations
  • where to go from here

Cost is £35 per person

2016 Dates available are:

31st January

3rd April

12th June

18th September

6th November

All at 2pm at Stephen Brain’s home at The Limes, Kenn Moor Road, Kenn, Clevedon, BS21 6UB
Telephone: 01275 342235
Other courses available – contact Stephen for details