Due to the Covid-19 pandemic we offered an online Beginner's Course for 2021 .

The course was offered on zoom for the first time and was well attended. Thank you to everyone who took part. 

Details of the 2022 course will be posted when details are finalised. 

RBKA beginner's beekeeping course

RBKA runs a fantastic beginner's course each year in spring. This course runs over two days and covers a range of topics to help new beekeepers gain knowledge and confidence in managing their own colonies.

Theory sessions cover topics such as:

  • Honey bee introduction, castes, life cycle, anatomy and physiology

  • Types of beehive and beekeeping tools

  • Swarms and swarm control methods

  • Pests and diseases

  • The beekeeping year

Practical sessions are held at the RBKA training apiary where you will handle honeybees under the supervision of a experienced beekeepers. These sessions will cover:

  • Hive parts and how to use beekeeping tools

  • How to inspect a hive

  • Finding and marking the queen

  • Identifying healthy brood in all stages

  • Handling and making frames

  • Identifying different castes of bee

Bee suits and all equipment will be provided on the day.

The RBKA training apiary

Beekeeping beginner marking a queen bee at RBKA training apiary