Beginners

Each year we run a Beekeeping for Beginners course. The course is run by experienced beekeepers, covers all aspects of beekeeping, and includes several apiary meetings where you can get hands on with a colony of bees. This is an excellent way to learn about beekeeping and meet others who share your interest.

The beginner’s course includes 9 indoor lectures from January through April as well as 6 outdoor apiary demonstrations throughout the Summer.

No prior beekeeping knowledge is required.  Beginners are encouraged not to invest in any equipment until completing the course.  Protective suits will be provided at the hands on demonstrations.

The course starts on Thursday 17th January, 2019 at Portmoak Hall in Scotlandwell at 18:30 for registration.  All other lectures begin at 19:30.  Parking is available in the Church of Scotland car park.

The course costs 60 pounds and includes a year’s membership of the Scottish Beekeepers Association a year’s membership of the local association.  There is a reduction for additional family members.

An application form is available here.  Beginners-application-form

17.01.19  – DWF/FBA Joint Indoor Lecture Class 1 -Introduction & Structure of the Course PortmoakHall 6:30PM
24.01.19 – DWF/FBA Joint Indoor Lecture Class 2 – Occupants of the Hive PortmoakHall 7:30PM
31.01.19 – DWF/FBA Joint Indoor Lecture Class 3 – Disease followed by breakout and discussion PortmoakHall 7:30PM
21.02.19 – DWF/FBA Joint Indoor Lecture Class 4 – Opening a Hive – How, When & Why PortmoakHall 7:30PM
28.02.19 – DWF/FBA Joint Indoor Lecture Class 5 – Building Frames & Hives PortmoakHall 7:30PM
21.03.19 – DWF/FBA Joint Indoor Lecture Class 6 – Autumn & Winter PortmoakHall 7:30PM
28.03.19 – DWF/FBA Joint Indoor Lecture Class 7 – Spring & Summer PortmoakHall 7:30PM
18.04.19 – DWF/FBA Joint Indoor Lecture Class 8 – Apiary location & Stings followed by film ‘The Bee Tree’ PortmoakHall 7:30PM
25.04.19 – DWF/FBA Joint Indoor Lecture Class 9 -Film on Beekeeping followed by general discussion PortmoakHall 7:30PM