Romsey and District Beekeepers' Association

Beginners' Course, Saturday 27th to Sunday 28th April, 2019

The 2-day course covers basic beekeeping.

Keeping bees is rewarding and there is always more to learn. Attending a beginners' course is an excellent start because you learn about what is involved, how and where to set up your hive. We organise this course at the start of the bees' season so that there is still time, if you wish, to make a start with your first colony of bees. The tutors for this course are all experienced members of Romsey and District Beekeepers' Association so you will have several beekeepers on hand to answer your questions.

Topics included

You will learn about the types and parts of a hive, the life-cycle of a honey bee, and what's involved in beekeeping - all the basic information you will need if you are interested in keeping bees. The course will cover:

  • Setting up an apiary - finding a site that's good for bees and safe for those close to it
  • The beesí nest - types of hive and how to choose
  • 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
  • Bees, plants and hive products - forage, honey and wax
  • Pests and diseases - health issues for bees
  • The beekeeping year - winter, spring, summer and autumn
  • Routine inspections - why and how to check your bees
  • Frame making - simple essential tasks
  • Getting started - putting it all into practice

The course includes a visit to the bees (weather permitting) where we will open a hive so that you can see and handle bees. We can lend protective clothing if you do not have your own.


The course is currently fully booked but if you would like to be notified if we have any cancellations, or if you would like further information, please email gillian.j.bird@btinternet.com