Beginning Beekeeping

If you are here because you want to find out more about honeybees and keeping bees you are in the right place!

South Staffs offers two routes to help you discover the joys and tribulations  of beekeeping:

Bee Experience days

We run these on a number of occasions throughout the active beekeeping season.  Usually on Sundays, there are three parts to the day:

  • Beekeeping theory and “what you need to know” session.
  • Drinks, snacks and networking.
  • Hands on experience of opening a hive and handling bees.

If you are unfamiliar with the workings of a beehive and have never handled bees, we would urge you to try this before committing to additional expense  for extended courses and protective equipment.  Not everyone enjoys or can cope with large numbers of bees this is a cheap and hopefully painless way to find out.
If you enjoy the experience we currently offer a £20 discount on the “Beginning Beekeeping Course” for those completing the day.

Confirmed Dates for the Bee Experience Days 2022.

  • To be announced
Bee Ex 2018

 Beginning Beekeeping Course

Six 2 hour theory sessions to deal with some theory about bees and the intricacies and pitfalls of keeping them.  A chance to meet with local beekeepers, network and discuss any worries you may have about beekeeping.

Six 2 hour apiary sessions under the guidance of experienced beekeepers where you will be finding your way around a beehive and colony of bees. By the end of this we hope you will be able to confidently handle bees and recognise the different parts of a hive and a colony of bees.

As part of the fee you will become “Country Members” of the SSDBKA and BBKA for the year.  As members of the association you will be able and encouraged to visit the apiary after the end of the tutored course, and continue developing your skills.

Supply of bees.  For the past two season the association has aimed to produce “nucleus” colonies of bees for those on the beginning beekeeping course who wish to commit to beekeeping.  The intention is that you work with your colony for as long as necessary so both you and the association are confident and ready to start your beekeeping journey!
Additional support through the “improvers” sessions

Dates 2022 To be confirmed

  • Theory sessions commence on the late April for 6 weeks, every consecutive Tuesday evenings.

Beginners Course (Practical) at Shugborough Apiary  

  • Practical Sessions commence beginning of June for 6 weeks, every consecutive Tuesday evenings

Applications for 2022 now being taken

2021 Course is now completed.

Payment Methods

  • Cheque
  • BACS or direct payment.

If you wish to pay by BACS, the account details are:

  • Bank: CAF Bank Ltd
  • Account Name: South Staffordshire & District Beekeepers Association
  • Account Number: 00095894
  • Sort Code: 40 52 40

When making an electronic transfer you will be asked to create a reference name for the transfer. I would suggest you include your name.  This will help the treasurer to identify the transactions.

Example:  F Smith subs.   213 subs.  F Smith 213 subs.


Send the completed application form and cheque payable to:

“S.S.& D.B.K.A.”

More information and resources on Beekeeping

BBKA: Click Here

National Bee Unit (BeeBase): Click Here

Dave Cushman Website: Click Here