Learning Zone: Education & Training

Why keep bees?

If you are reading this section then perhaps you may already be interested in starting to keep bees, if not then perhaps it may make you enquire further in wanting to know more about this remarkable insect.

If you want to become a beekeeper then you are welcome to attend any of our monthly meetings where you will find a friendly greeting and all the assistance and guidance you require as a beginner.

You can book a place on our training program where you will receive enough training to set your own hives up and participate in what is an amazing pastime, you can also take national beekeeping qualifications should you wish to. Theory normally commences in January with practical sessions at the apiary early May depending on weather.

Obviously when you acquire honey bees you become the owner of livestock with the responsibilities that it brings, the same as any other animal.

There are some simple things to consider before becoming a beekeeper.

  • Have you the time to maintain a beehive?
  • Where are you going to site your beehive?
  • Will your family members or neighbours object to a beehive?
  • Is anyone allergic to stings?

Then of course there is the initial cost of hives, clothing, tools and sundry equipment, all of which should be considered before even acquiring the most important item and that is the honey bees.

There are many important things to consider if you wish to become a beekeeper and this is why we would highly recommend that you take part in a training course so that you can establish if keeping bees is for you.

If you wish to know more about our training program please Contact Us and we will be only too willing to answer any questions that you may have.

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