Annual Introduction to Beekeeping Course

ADBKA runs an annual ‘Introduction to Beekeeping’ Course. It is principally intended for those who might be thinking about taking up beekeeping and would like to know more about the craft. The course will also benefit those who are either just about to get bees or perhaps have already had bees for a short time.

Crathes apiary
Crathes apiary

Having attended the course, participants will:

  • Understand the basics of honey bee biology and behaviour
  • Know how to select a suitable apiary site and the equipment necessary to get started
  • Be aware of a range of possible products of the hive and have a basic understanding of honey extraction, processing and packaging
  • Be aware of the main honey bee diseases and understand the importance of hygienic practices
  • Be aware of the skills, expense and time commitment required to get started in beekeeping
  • Have experienced an inspection of a live hive of bees (weather permitting)
  • Have had the opportunity to talk to experienced beekeepers
  • Understand what support can be accessed via membership of ADBKA

The next course will commence in February 2019 and will comprise:

  • Six one-hour lectures on bees and beekeeping (one weekday evening per week)
    • The Life of the Honeybee
    • The Hive and the Apiary
    • Equipment, Bees and Getting Started
    • Products of the Hive
    • Help! There is something wrong with my bees
    • The Beekeeping Year
  •  A visit to the ADBKA apiary to experience handling live bees (an April weekend)
  • A workshop on frame and hive assembly (weekday evening)
Frame-making workshop
Frame-making workshop

There is a nominal charge for the course, with reduced rates for recent and new ADBKA members.

The lectures and workshop are held at a central Aberdeen location and the apiary visit is at Crathes. A certificate is issued at the end of the course.

Further details of the course and information on how to enrol will be published around October-November so please check back then if you are interested. Places are usually in demand and filled on a first-come-first-served basis.