How do I start beekeeping?
Firstly, we recommend anyone who is interested in becoming a beekeeper to come along to our district apiary - or one of our member's apiary's - to handle bees before purchasing any equipment. We are happy to help set this up for you.
If you find that you feel comfortable handling the bees and being around an open hive, then the next step is to take part in one of our beginner courses.
We usually run a beginners course from March to May each year.
Sadly, due to COVID-19, we are unable to run a course this year. We will be organising a course due to start in March 2022, so please get in touch with us for more information.
Our introduction to beekeeping course will cover everything you need to know to get you up and running in your very own hive or apiary.
Equipment and getting started
We advise against importing any bees or hives. This is because bees that come from abroad might carry diseases or pests.
We can help set you up with everything you need - from sourcing the Queen, bees and even the hive and accompanying inspection equipment.