Practical Beekeeping – The Basics

£125.00 inc. VAT

A one day practical beekeeping course for beginners to learn the basic practical skills of beekeeping. This course will prepare you for keeping and managing your own bees. It covers the carrying out of inspections and some basic manipulations. You will have the opportunity to practices and improve your beekeeping skills.

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This course is aimed at those looking to get into beekeeping or would like to develop their practical skills further. This course is a mix of theory and practical work, designed to provide you with the basic skills and knowledge to look after honeybees.

Course Content

This course will start with an introduction to go over some of the beekeeping basics and the general course format.

You will cover the the basic theory of colony and hive structure, learning how the bees organise themselves.  After this you will get hands on with some hives to familiarise yourself with colonies and hives.

Learning about the dynamics of a hive and how to inspect a hive as a group, you will develop an understanding of the practicalities of beekeeping. Inspecting a number of hives in different states will help build your understanding of how hives appear. You will then go on to improve you practical beekeeping skills.

Basic manipulations will also be demonstrated with discussion about their variations and purpose. This will involve different methods of feeding, swarm control as well as marking the queen. This course will help prepare you for keeping and managing your own bees.

By the end of the day, you will be comfortable and confident in opening and inspecting a hive of bees on your own. The knowledge you gain through this course will help you interpret what you see within the colony.

You will need to bring welly boots and waterproofs. You will also require a bee suit and gloves, if you don’t yet have one then please let us know so we can provide one.


This course will be held at our site just outside of South Molton, North Devon. We will provide you with details prior to your course date with an address and directions.

This course will run from 9:00 – 17:00

Practical Beekeeping – The Basics

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