Course for beginner beekeepers


Each year we host courses for beginner beekeepers, which teaches all of the necessary information to prepare a novice for the British Beekeepers Association basic assessment. The course is normally held over two Sundays. The next course will be held on June 23rd and 30th 2024 at the Dartford Beekeepers' apiary. The course will be mostly theoretical but there will be an opportunity to inspect a colony of bees at the apiary. Full course notes will be provided.

The cost of the course is £45 + club membership (usually £5)

Anyone interested in learning beekeeping should contact Alan English mobile: 07581 899061


Description of the course

The course will be of interest to those who wish to learn more about the various species of Bee and their relationship to the environment, how they can be kept and the equipment required. Those who have kept bees for a period of at least 12 months will find the contents of the course to be sufficient for taking the BBKA Basic Examination with confidence.

Topics Covered

Session 1 Introduction to the course and beekeeping
Session 2 The hive
Session 3 Beekeeping in history
Session 4 The beekeeping year
Session 5 Queens
Session 6 Swarms
Session 7 Pests and diseases
Session 8 Bee plants and hive products
Session 9 Getting started