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Getting Started

Do You Want to Keep Bees?

How will you know if beekeeping is for you? Before you start buying equipment, there are some things you can do that will give you a taste of what is involved.

Bee keeping has a popular public profile and attractive images to go with it: the hive at the bottom of the garden, a harvest of many jars of home-produced honey. There is also the satisfaction of knowing that one is working with nature, not against it.

Before you acquire your first nucleus colony and transfer several bee-covered frames into your own hive, though, you will need to know what is likely to develop next week in your hive, and next month, next year, and be prepared for it. The assistance of an experienced colleague in your first year will be of enormous help.

Every venture begins with a first step. What is your first step? Contact us! Talk to us about beekeepers in your area, about beginners’ courses. Meet beekeepers. Meet bees. Read the FAQs.

Beginners Course, 2018

The course will begin in the classroom, moving to outdoor practical experience once the weather permits.

Meeting dates will be on Saturday mornings initially, starting with 10th February at 10am.   2 - 2½hr per session.  Subsequent dates will be 17th Feb, 24th Feb, 3rd Mar, 10th Mar, 17th Mar then either Saturday 24th Mar or Sunday 25th Mar at your choice.  The venue will be at our new Apiary Building at Hunthay Farm, EX13 5RJ, between Kilmington and Axminster (see Maps).

The cost will be £95 which includes the initial course, plus:

There is a discounted rate of £45 for second members of the same household, if applicable, as they will not get another book or magazine copies.

The course is aimed at people with no, or very little, previous experience and is designed to enable you to take your first steps in beekeeping with the benefit of tuition and support.

Contacts and more details on the Beginners page

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