We are pleased to offer a beginners course which provides information on how to get started and an insight into the world of the Honeybee. We cover everything from how to build your hive to the importance of gardening for bees and the vital role that pollen and nectar play in their building colony strength. While also covering the importance of disease recognition to handling bees – whether in a National or Top Bar Hive. You will gain from visits to our Training Apiary while also benefiting from visiting members’ garden apiaries and enjoying a support network of beekeepers within your local area.
The beginners course normally runs during April and May and comprises 5 weekly classes at The Crafton Centre, Stansted Mountfitchet plus weekend visits to the Association Apiary in Bishop’s Stortford throughout the summer.
This year, however, because of Covid, the course is delayed to June / July. We are running two courses on the following dates (providing Covid rules allow):
- Wednesdays from 21st July for 5 weeks.
- Tuesdays from 27th July for 5 weeks.
For details of other beginners courses across Hertfordshire please see here http://www.hertsbees.org.uk/education/beekeeping-interest-and-new-beekeepers/
Those members who have been keeping bees for at least a year are eligible to take the BBKA Bee Basic assessment. The syllabus for this can be found on the BBKA website here: https://www.bbka.org.uk/learn
We are also a member of Hertfordshire BKA and can participate in their training courses which include New Season Preparation, Swarm Collecting, Basic Assessment Preparation and Microscopy. Please see their website for further details.