Introduction to beekeeping

Our next Introduction to Beekeeping course will start on Wednesday 12 January 2022 and run for seven weeks. Read on for more information.

The practical session was magical, coming to the meadow in Swanmore.

June 2021 after the practical day

We honestly are delighted to have picked such a lovely caring group to be taught by. Thank you for enriching our lives so we can help with conservation.

June 2021 after the practical day

I really enjoyed the hive inspection, it was great, we saw all stages of the colony, even the queen! And also the eggs which seem to be quite hard to see, they’re soo titchy! The bees were very amenable with so many novices handling them!

June 2021 after the practical day

As a basic insight to beekeeping, I think it was right on the money!

June 2021

The whole day was very well planned with a lot of thought and effort going in. The session on performing an artificial swarm was particularly useful – the chance to handle and move equipment embedded the manipulation.

June 2021 after the practical day

I was particularly interested in the bee diseases and pests, wax products and how to control swarms. I could probably (add) all the content to this list as it was all so interesting!

March 2021

I had read many books and seen numerous videos but the course really brought home lots of things I had been mistaken about.

March 2021

Being complete novices, we found it all very interesting!

March 2021

It brought home the importance of completing a course like this before mistakes become practice!

March 2021

The course introduces participants to;

  • what bees need
  • some key choices for beekeepers
  • a beginner’s guide to beekeeping throughout the year
  • honey bee pests and diseases and what to look for
  • key products from the hive
  • and a practical day with the bees at one of our teaching apiaries


Date: Wednesday 12 January – 23 February 2022 (seven sessions) plus a practical session to be arranged.

Time: 19.15 – 21.15

Cost: £110

Venue: Curdridge Reading Rooms, Reading Room Lane, Curdridge, Southampton SO32 2HF

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