Romsey and District Beekeepers' Association

Our 2021 Beginners' Course has started - but it's not too late!

The best time to learn about the craft of beekeeping is in spring, so that your knowledge is fresh when you take your first colony of bees. Our 2021 course offers a "multi-media" approach that will cover all the basics and more.

A theory session - there are 12 in all - is sent every few days so that you can choose your own quiet time to watch. Each is followed by an online Q&A session a few days later to discuss anything that needs more explanation, and to have a general group chat. (Our class of 2020 found this flexible approach helpful because everyone has other commitments.)

Each beginner receives a folder packed with useful reference material and tips, and a few other bits and pieces to support their learning.

Most importantly, the course includes a day at Awbridge Village Hall on 30th May to meet in person - with all due precautions - for a spot of revision, some practical work and a visit the bees (always a highlight!).

We always support our beginners when they come to setting up their first apiary or taking their first colony.

Topics included

As well as the full day at Awbridge Village Hall for handling bees and a spot of practical work, the course includes:

  • The bees' nest - types of hive and how to choose
  • Setting up an apiary - finding a site that's good for bees and safe for those close to it
  • Stings - how to avoid them and what to do if it happens
  • The honey bee colony - what's happening inside the hive
  • Swarming - how to use it to the bees' and your advantage
  • Pests and diseases - health issues for bees
  • Bees, plants and hive products - forage, honey and wax
  • Routine inspections - why and how to check your bees
  • The beekeeping year - winter, spring, summer and autumn
  • Simple honey extraction - how to know whether the bees can spare some honey, and what to do with it
  • Getting started - putting it all into practice

The cost for course, supporting material and full day on May 30th including the visit to the bees is £100 per person. It also includes help and advice with your bees, should you start this year, throughout the season.
If you would like further information please email gillian.j.bird@btinternet.com

This course is self-paced so you can learn when it suits you; therefore you can enrol at any time. The bees' active season lasts until the end of summer but the earlier you start, the more enjoyment you will get.


We will also be running a taster day for those who want to know a little more about bees but are not ready to commit to taking on a colony. It will be held at Awbridge Village Hall on Sunday 15th August from 10:00 till 16:00, costing £60 per person. The morning sessions will cover theory and the afternoon - weather permitting - a visit to the bees.
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