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Introduction to Beekeeping Course Winter 2021

Due to popular demand we have added now an extra ‘Introduction to Beekeeping’ course, which will run over the winter time for the theaory part and will allow us to arrange the visit to the apiary in small groups for practical demonstrations on a beehive early in spring 2022 when the season starts.

This is a beginners course for anyone considering taking up beekeeping or simply wishing to learn more about honey bees. This course uses a blended approach with three online Zoom meetings (Sun 31 Oct 10:30 (1h, introduction) and Sat 27 Nov and 22 Jan 2022 @ 10:30 (1.5-2h for Q&A), a series of recorded video presentations, and in spring time we meet in small groups in our teaching apiary near Elgin where we will  show you the fascinating world inside a hive of bees, and teach you the basics of handling a bee hive.

In the course you are looking at the life history of the honeybee and go over all that is required to get you started as a beekeeper. We ask for a donation of £30 for the course and this includes access to the presentations and course hand outs, and use of the protective clothing when we meet for the demonstrations in the apiary:

The topics covered in the presentations are:

  • General introduction to beekeeping
  • Honey bee biology and behavior
  • Getting started in beekeeping – what is it you need?
  • How to select my ideal apiary site
  • Inspection of your hives – how-to and what to look for
  • Help, my bees are swarming!
  • Products of your hive
  • The Beekeeping year

The charge for the intro course is £30. Please email <> if you have further questions about this or further courses.

Numbers are restricted to just 12 on each date, so early booking is recommended.

Bookings can be done online via Eventbrite: Tickets here