Beginners Two Season Beekeeping Course

Date:Monday 14 January 2019, 7:30pm
Venue:Hives and Honey Show Pavillion, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate
Course fee:£175
Booking status:Now booking
Course information and booking form:Download course information and booking form
Booking conditions:Bookings for this course are subject to the HRBKA course fee refund policy

A three term course held on Monday evenings in Harrogate and at apiaries around Harrogate District. The course has been developed for complete beginners or those with limited experience of beekeeping who wish to improve their knowledge. The course will be taught by experienced members of the association.

Successful completion of the course will provide all the information required by beginners to take the Basic Assessment of the British Beekeeping Association in 2020. The cost of taking this assessment is included in the course cost.

Term 1 – Starting Mon 14th January 2019 and continuing on alternate Mondays. (6 lectures plus a practical hive building session)

These classroom based sessions will cover all you need to know to keep bees safely and well, from choosing an apiary site and equipment to the natural history of honeybees and how to recognise pests and diseases.

The half day practical hive building session will cover the assembly of flat pack hive components.

Term 2 – starting 13th May 2019 (8 practical sessions on a weekly basis)

This term will provide tuition in the practical bee handling skills required to keep bees safely and in good health. You will learn how to inspect and care for bees under the supervision of an experienced and knowledgeable beekeeper, using colonies of bees belonging to the Association. The Association endeavours to supply each student with a small colony of bees to work with, but this supply cannot be guaranteed. At the end of this term when the colony has increased in size, you will have the opportunity to buy the colony of bees, transfer them to your own hive and take them home. (Subject to availability).

Review of Course 1st Season and Q&A session 2nd September 2019 (1 session)

This is an opportunity to have any outstanding questions answered by the Course Tutors, in an informal and relaxed environment.

Term 3 - starting Mon 20th January 2020 and continuing on alternate Mondays.

Following the theory & practical course of the first seasons beekeeping, further classroom based sessions are provided to revise and expand the original lessons. This additional information will give you the best possible start to your second season of beekeeping. Honey and wax processing will be included to enable you to harvest your crop and present it well for sale, show or gifts.

The fee for the complete course is £175.00 which includes full HRBKA membership until 31st August 2019.

Full membership of the association gives you membership of the British Beekeepers Association with all its benefits including insurance for your beekeeping activities on the course and afterwards. The fee includes all teaching and course educational materials and entry fees for the Basic Assessment during your second season of beekeeping.

To apply please download and return the application form along with a cheque for the course fee. Places are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

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