Learn how to become a beekeeper
The best way to learn the craft of beekeeping is to take an introductory course. Each WBKA branch runs these for their members, and the courses take place at different times (usually in winter and spring) and in slightly different styles. The courses include theory and practical sessions; by the end, you will be equipped with the knowledge and basic skills to keep bees.
The courses cover the following:
Kennet’s Winter course is 14 hours long and is usually run between February and May on alternate weeks, giving time for follow-up work. This comprises 2-hour evening theory sessions at Bishops Canning Village Hall, SN10 2LA, near Devizes, and 2x practical sessions on a Saturday at club’s the nearby apiary.
Kennet’s Summer Course is 12 hours long and run on its behalf by the Wiltshire Bee Centre, Calne, over one weekend in June.
Melksham’s Spring course comprises 4 x 2-hour theory session at Broughton Gifford Village Hall, usually run in March or April. This is followed by flexible, practical sessions on Saturdays at the club apiary in Rowde.
Melksham also runs one-day introductory courses throughout the summer.
Swindon runs courses every spring:
West Wilts beginners’ courses usually commence in February and comprise 6x 2-hour evening sessions followed by practical sessions in the apiary from April.
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Useful information about beekeeping
You can also find useful how-to guides on the National Bee Unit’s BeeBase page.