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Introduction to Beekeeping Course June/July 2022

Our next ‘Introduction to Beekeeping’ couse this year will start on Saturday 25 June 2022 as a Zoom meeting at 10:30am. It will be followed by a Q&A Zoom meeting three weeks later (provisionally 16 July 10:30am but we can discuss an alternative day during the week at the first meeting). The last Q&A meeting will be this time then in the training apiary combined with practical introduction on the beehive on 30 July 2022 from 10:30 am.

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 two to three online Zoom meetings for the theory part, which consists of a series of recorded video presentations and the Zoom meetings for questions and answers, and afterwards 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 12 participants, so early booking is recommended.

Bookings can be done online via Eventbrite:

25 June 2022 – 30 July 2022, please click HERE to book your place