North Bucks Beekeepers' Association -

Beekeeping courses

NBBKA runs beginner's courses for new beekeepers in the Spring.

2020 and 2021 Courses

The 2020 course was postponded due to Covid. It completed in Spring 2021, and so we are currently one year behind with our waiting list. We hope to run an intermediate course in late 2021 and to be caught up by Spring 2022. Please register your interest nevertheless. Please note that, naturally after such a strange 2020, the waiting list is quite long.

Register now to help secure your place.

General description of annual course

The annual beginner's theoretical course starts in mid-March and usually comprises:

  • 6 weeks of classroom sessions
  • .... 5 weeks of theory
  • .... 1 session on how to assemble a hive
  • 6 weeks of outdoor apiary sessions
  • .... students get to handle bees
  • .... sessions may continue throughout the rest of the season at our teaching apiaries or our members' apiaries in and around MK.

The usual syllabus is below.

  • Hive equipment
  • Flora & fauna
  • Swarm control
  • The beekeeper's year
  • Bee anatomy
  • Pests & diseases
  • Hive building

The price of the next course is still be be finalised but will include a text book and potentially a part year's membership to the association (but not to BBKA). Including membership and book, the price is likely to be around £100 but this will be confirmed during the application process.

Please register now to help secure your place on the next course. Places usually fill fast.