Courses

Practical beekeeping course

To apply for any of our courses, please contact us for more information and to reserve your place.

One day taster: Can I keep bees?

Are you thinking of becoming a beekeeper but don’t know where to start? If you want to try it out before making a commitment, you can join us for an informative one day taster course. This is a good way to find out if you are actually afraid of bees or a beekeeping natural.

The course gives a light touch insight to the joys and frustrations of keeping bees including:

  • Introduction to our club and bees
  • Equipment and hive demonstration
  • Hive opening and bee handling
  • Health & safety
  • Identifying hive inhabitants: workers, drones and the all-important queen

This is always a very popular course and numbers are limited to provide all participants with a personal and high-quality course.

Next courses:
Saturday 30th June 2018, 10am – 5pm
Saturday 8th September 2018, 10am – 5pm
Location: Hampton Court Apiary

Cost: £75.00 


Introduction to Beekeeping

This introductory course is delivered in two part – theory and practical – which both last 8 weeks.

The Theory Course is covered in a series of 8 evening classroom lectures with study resources available online. If spaces are available the course can be booked separately for anyone with a general interest in bees. The theory course includes:

  • Basic beekeeping theory
  • Equipment required
  • Life cycle of the honeybee
  • Work involved over the beekeeping season

The Practical Course involves the regular opening up of beehives every week of the course (weather permitting) and will give a solid basic grounding in the art of beekeeping including:

  • Good practice beekeeping husbandry
  • Handling of bees
  • Hive management
  • Handling a hive tool
  • Lighting a smoker
  • Advice and support for setting up your own hive and colony
  • An introduction to the beekeeper’s examinations (optional)

We expect course participants to come for the whole season to experience a complete cycle in looking after bees, perform an extraction and learn how to prepare colonies for the winter.

Next course:
Theory: Starting Monday 15th January 2018, 7-9pm, at Esher College, Weston Green Road, Thames Ditton, Surrey, KT7 0JB
Practical: Starting Saturday 21st April 2018, 2-4pm, at Hampton Court Apiary

Cost:
Theory part only – £75
Both parts – £150 (Existing KBKA Members)
Both parts – £170 (Associate Members of KBKA) + £21* for annual BeeCraft subscription.
Both parts – £207.75 (For Full Members registered from the 1st January 2018 which includes enrolment in the British Beekeeping Association, Surrey Beekeepers Association, insurance on your first 3 hives, monthly BBKA News, monthly BeeCraft* magazine and invitations to various educational and social events.
* Discount of £6pa for digital version of BeeCraft.


British Beekeepers Association Intermediate Module 2 Honeybee Products and Forage

All members are welcome to join this 5 session course as a way of extending their knowledge. Participants are asked to contribute by taking part in discussions and study sessions but there is no pressure to take the final assessment.

Module 2 covers:

  • Honey extraction, processing and bottling
  • Cutting comb and chunking honey
  • Conditions suitable for storing honey
  • Wax cappings and how they can be made
  • Bee foraging and good sources of nectar
  • The process of pollination and fertilisation

Next course:
Starts Tuesday 9th January 2018 from 7 pm – 9pm at Esher College, Weston Green Road, Thames Ditton, Surrey, KT7 0JB followed by Tuesday 23rd January, Tuesday 6th February and Tuesday 6th and 13th March 2018.

Cost: £10

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