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Introduction to Beekeeping Courses 2023
– fully booked now

The MBA training team was offering this year three ‘Introduction to Beekeeping‘ courses under the lead of John Gifford. The courses this year will follow our established format of a full 1-day course on a Saturday in our training apiary with some theory in the morning and a practical session in the afternoon, with a light sandwich lunch and refreshments provided.
This is a beginners course for anyone considering taking up beekeeping or simply wishing to learn more about honey bees and we will  show you the fascinating world inside a hive of bees, and teach you the basics of handling a bee hive.

This years dates for the three courses were:
– Saturday 13 May 2023, Saturday 3 June 2023,  Saturday 1 July 2023

We ask for a donation of £30 for the course and this includes access to course hand outs, refreshments, and use of the protective clothing when we go for the demonstrations in the apiary.

Please email <> if you have further questions about this or further courses.

Numbers are restricted to 12 participants, so early booking is recommended.

Our bookings can usually be done online via Eventbrite, we will list here links with our future courses which likely restart in May 2024.



Basic Beekeeping Certificate preparation and assessment

Date for assessment: 15 July 2023

As last year when 3 of our members completed their SBA Basic Beekeeping Certificate with a distinction thanks to the marvelous preparation of John Gifford we are offering this year again a preparation course for the assessment. Prerequisite to take the SBA examination are that you have kept bees yourself for at least one year (so if you started in 2022 this is acceptable).

John, with the support from training team members, will offer 4 evening to go through the topics covering what is needed for you to pass the SBA assessment, and a couple of training sessions in the training apiary. We aim to have the assessment by the SBA examiners then on an agreed day together in the training apiary.

We would like to offer this course again this year with a meeting each week in March, before you are too busy with your bees, and apiary sessions in April and May leading up to the assessment on the 15 July 2023 in out training apiary. The dates for the basic beekeeping certificate preparation meetings were at Spey Bay Hall at 7pm on Thursday evenings of the 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th of March for about an hour and a half. The cost for this course will be £12, plus you need to book your assessment with the SBA which costs £25 (link).

Recommended reading from the SBA: Basic Beekeeping Certificate Syllabus, SBA Reading Guide

Please contact John on <> if you wish to sign up have further questions about this course.