We run a course for beginner beekeepers every year. The course covers the essential knowledge and skills that all new beekeepers should have before they take delivery of their first colony of bees. The syllabus follows the British Beekeeping Association Introduction to Beekeeping Course and covers the following material:
General introduction to beekeeping
History of beekeeping
The beekeeping year
Swarms and swarm control
Pests and diseases
Bees, plants and hive products
Getting started – what happens next?
Cost of the Beginners’ Course
The beginners’ course costs £70. This includes a year’s full membership of the WWBKA. Beginners are requested to buy a copy of the BBKA Guide to Beekeeping, which is required reading and supports the course material.
Beginners’ Course 2022 – Dates and Venue
The classroom based element of the beginners’ course takes place on Tuesday evenings from 19:00 to 21:00. The course takes place at Larkrise Community Farm, West Ashton Road, Trowbridge BA14 6DQ
The 2022 dates are:
- 22 February
- 1 March
- 8 March
- 15 March
- 22 March
- 29 March
After the classroom sessions have been completed, beginners will be able to visit our branch apiary to gain some hands-on experience of working with bees. We will assign each beginner an experienced mentor to help them through their first beekeeping season.
Book on to the beginners’ course
To find out more, or to book on to the next beginners’ course, please contact our Training Co-ordinator on Training-WWBKA@outlook.com