Courses

We’re busy planning our 2020 Winter courses to meet coronavirus (COVID-19) guidelines. Please check this page for course updates.

Course locations

Practical: Hampton Court Apiary
Theory: Esher College in Thames Ditton
Winter Theory: Imber Court East Molesey

One day taster: Can I keep bees?

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

  • Introduction to our club and bees
  • Equipment and hive demonstration
  • Hive opening and bee handling
  • Health and 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 experience.


Introduction to Beekeeping

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

The Theory Course is covered in a series of eight evening classroom lectures with study resources available online. The theory course includes:

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

The Practical Course involves the regular opening up of beehives (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 beekeeper’s examinations (optional)

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

Indication of Costs:
Theory part only – £75
Both parts – £150 (Existing KBKA Members)
Both parts – £170 (Associate Members of KBKA) + Optional £24.50 for
Paper or £19.50 for Digital annual BeeCraft subscription.           
Both parts – £210.37 Paper or £206.63 Digital (For Full Members registered from the 1st January 2020 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.


Winter Theory Course (Intermediate)

This winter’s course covers Honeybee Management and takes place over five evening classes. This course is accessible to anyone new to beekeeping, but also to anyone who wants to sit the Module 3 exam. Come along for an informal learning environment where everyone is welcome to share. This is being organised on a Surrey Association level.

We shall be studying Module 3 Honey Bee Diseases, Pest & Poisoning. Topics include:

  • Foul Brood
  • Features of the Asian Hornet
  • Avoiding wax moth damage
  • Natural poisons, pesticides

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