Beekeeping Taster Course

Beekeeping Taster Course 

Unfortunately, you have missed our Taster weekend for 2019. However, if you are local to North Shropshire and keen to find out more about bees and beekeeping and whether it is for you please contact our Membership Secretary This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. who will be able to give you more information. 

The Association normally runs a 'Taster in Beekeeping' course each year in the spring for people interested in taking their first steps with keeping bees.


Saturday & Sunday 10am - 5pm daily

Cost: £90 per person, £160 per 'twosome'*, £40 if under 16**

* Will only receive one copy of handouts etc
**must be accompanied by a full fee paying adult

The week-end course will be both theoretical and practical, including a hands-on session at our Association apiary where you will see inside a beehive and handle the bees (weather permitting) [bee suits will be provided]

The course covers:
- Starting out in beekeeping
- Costs involved
- Beekeeping throughout the year
- Honeybee life, behaviour and colony
- Equipment, assembling hive parts
- Setting up an apiary and apiary safety
- Harvesting your honey and wax
- Forage

The association draws its educational strength from its own pool of enthusiastic and highly experienced beekeepers and master beekeepers who volunteer to give up their own free time to teach others. This can mean timings and dates have to change in response to unforeseen circumstances and in such an event, alternative dates or a refund will be offered.

For more information and booking details, please contact the Association's Education Officer.

Education Officer


Once you have kept bees for a season or two we encourage all members to do the BBKA Basic Assessment which demonstrates you have attained a general proficiency in beekeeping.


Joining The NSBKA


For those members who are keen to learn more we have informal tutor groups and encourage correspondence courses for the BBKA modular exams. Our Association currently has a number of Master Beekeepers and several of our members are working towards Master Beekeeper status which involves, among other things, a detailed practical assessment as well as completion of the theory modules.

We also run courses from time to time on particular aspects of beekeeping such as Queen Rearing, Food Hygiene, and Microscopy courses which enable us to examine the anatomy of the bee and diagnose adult bee diseases.


See BBKA examinations and assessments for more information etc contact the Association's Education Officer.

Education Officer



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The Association's apiary in North Shropshire


The Association maintains an apiary at an organic farm in North Shropshire. We hold regular meetings at the apiary during the summer, where members old and new can gain experience in handling bees.

Our Vision

visionWe encourage and develop
the art and science of bee keeping

visionWe strive to educate
Through group meetings, practical out apiary events and educational support 

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