Introduction to Beekeeping

The course is aimed at those with serious intentions of becoming beekeepers, but with little or no knowledge of beekeeping. The Course runs on alternate Tuesday evenings each month from February to April, starting at 7.00pm.

The apiary sessions are held in Hampton Lucy at the end of April (TBC) on Sunday afternoons from 2.30pm.

The topics covered for each week are as follows:

Week 1 Different hive types and their parts. The siting of an apiary. Equipment, including tools, clothing, etc. Costs of beekeeping. Recommended books.
Week 2 The life cycle of honey bees and other relevant factors, including the different castes, their development and behaviour.
Week 3 Honey bee health. Pests and diseases, with their treatment
Week 4 The beekeeping year, including what to look for both inside and outside the hive, and swarm control.
Week 5 Hive products, including honey extraction.
Summing up.
Week 6 Practical hands-on session at the Association Apiary in Hampton Lucy
Week 7 Practical hands-on session at the Association Apiary in Hampton Lucy

The cost of the Course, which also includes automatic membership of Stratford-upon-Avon & District Beekeepers’ Association*,  will be £100 per person OR  £150 per household.  Payment due at the start of Week 1.

*Membership of the Association automatically includes British Beekeepers Association Membership (BBKA) and Bee Diseases Insurance (BDI) covering up to three colonies of Bees.

Advice and help will be available on the procurement of bees and equipment. We have an agreement with a local hive supplier for special prices, and we expect to be able to provide bees for those who join the Association from local swarms and/or from the Association’s apiary at a reasonable cost. The sessions will be informal, with time for discussion and questions, and ongoing support is available for members throughout the year. Monthly meetings at the Association’s apiary during the year enable continuing practical experience to be obtained in the company of experienced beekeepers. The Association has a well stocked library and an equipment loan scheme for items such as honey extractors.

The following dates have been scheduled for this course: Tuesdays 8 & 22 February, 8 & 22 March, and 5 April 2022. The Practical Sessions at the Association Apiary on Sundays 10th & 24th April will be confirmed nearer the time.  As they depend on weather conditions, we may have to be flexible with these dates.

**Bookings are already being accepted, so we’re quite happy for you to reserve your place if you wish and will keep in touch meanwhile.


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