Beginning Beekeeping

Are you interested in becoming a beekeeper?

If you are ready to take the next steps to becoming a beekeeper, you are in the right place!

So what next? Firstly, have you ever been inside a bee hive before? If the answer is yes, and you caught the beekeeping bug, then the next phase of your beekeeping journey would be to enrol on our 6 week Beginning Beekeeping Course. Our Beginning Beekeeper Course covers the practical skills to provide you with a basic knowledge and understanding of honeybees and beekeeping, to enable you to handle and manage bee safely.

If you haven’t yet experienced the wonderful world of Honeybees, and have never been inside a beehive, then we would recommend you first attend one of our Honeybee Experience Days.

Click HERE to find out more about our Experience Days, or keep scrolling for information on how to enrol on our 6 week Beginner Beekeeping Course

6 Week Beginning Beekeeping Course

Our Beginning Beekeeping Course covers practical skills and provides you with a basic knowledge and understanding of bees and beekeeping allowing you to be able to handle bees safely.

We run two course each year. The course starts with an induction and then runs for 6 consecutive Saturday mornings during May and June.

We host one course at our Apiary on the Shugborough Estate, and the second at our sister Apiary at the Forest of Mercia site at Hilton Green.

Both courses are identical and cover the same 6 week practical course, providing plenty of hands on experience with the bees. Each practical session is then supported with a short theory session, after tea and cake.

Over the weeks, you will be able to handle Honeybees under the supervision of our experienced Beekeepers, working in small groups.

The course includes:

  • How to keep yourself safe
  • Hive parts and beekeeping equipment
  • The different types of hives
  • Recognising Brood, nectar, pollen and honey
  • Basic bee biology
  • Understanding why bees swarm
  • Recognising and marking Queens
  • Apiary Hygiene
  • Bee Diseases
  • How to keep strong and healthy bees