Beekeeping

Bees are not only essential to the environment (60% of food plants depend on honey bees for pollination) but these highly sophisticated insects are also a real pleasure to keep.

Our beekeeping courses are suitable for the beginner through to the experienced beekeeper, and will help you discover the joys of beekeeping.

If you require further information on any of the part-time courses offered, please do not hesitate to contact us on enquiries@bca.ac.uk or alternatively, give us a call on 01628 824444.

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Available Courses:

  • Beekeeping Taster

    About the Course

    Areas of Study:

    Find out what it’s like to stand in front of an open hive of bees and see what’s going on. This taster is also a great opportunity to discuss what keeping bees entails.

    Cost

    £28.00

    Course Dates

    Saturday 2pm – 4pm running on 23rd September 2017

    Further dates include:

    Saturday 2pm – 4pm running on 28th April 2018

    Entry Requirements

    N/A

    Course Duration

    2 Hours

  • Preparing Bees for Winter

    About the Course

    Areas of Study:

    In order for your bees to survive the winter, both you and they must be prepared. See BCA’s bees ready for the winter months, ‘heft’ the hives and discover the process for yourself.

    Cost

    £28.00

    Course Dates

    Saturday 9am – 11am running on 23rd September 2017

    Entry Requirements

    N/A

    Course Duration

    2 Hours

  • Review Your First Seasons Beekeeping

    About the Course

    Areas of Study:

    Discussions on what you did and an opportunity to ask our experts any questions. A chance to prepare yourself for the forthcoming season.

    Cost

    £28.00

    Course Dates

    Saturday 11:30am – 1:30pm running on 23rd September 2017

    Entry Requirements

    N/A

    Course Duration

    2 Hours

  • The Theory of Bees and Beekeeping

    About the Course

    Areas of Study:

    Keep bees successfully by understanding the species and their natural behaviour. Discover how to manage and get the best from them. Topics include: Equipment, Siting bees, Feeding and extracting honey.

    Cost

    £100.00

    Course Dates

    Mondays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm running on 5/02/2018 – 5/03/2018,

    Times TBC

    Entry Requirements

    N/A

    Course Duration

    5 Weeks

  • Advanced Beekeeping

    About the Course

    Areas of Study:

    This course is suitable for beekeepers with 3yrs+ experience. You will cover queen rearing, the introduction of new queens, swarm prevention methods and making increase.

    Cost

    £42.00

    Course Dates

    2018 to be confirmed.

    Entry Requirements

    Must have 3 years+ bee keeping experience.

    Course Duration

    3 hours

  • Beekeeping – Practical

    About the Course

    An ideal programme for those who want to develop confidence and experience at handling bees.

    Areas of Study:

    • How to handle and manage a colony of honey bees
    • Finding and marking the Queen
    • Looking and interpreting what is going on inside the hive

    Please note: Numbers are limited.

    Cost

    £160.00

    Course Dates

    Mondays 3.30pm – 5.30pm running 30/04/2018 – 18/06/2018

    Mondays 6.30pm – 8.30pm running 30/04/2018 – 18/06/2018

    Entry Requirements

    N/A

    Course Duration

    8 Weeks