Romsey and District Beekeepers' Association

Our Beginners' Course

Our 2021 course offered a "multi-media" approach that covered all the basics and more.

It consisted of 12 theory sessions delivered online, allowing participants to choose their own quiet time to watch. We also offered Zoom chats for questions and discussion. Our beginners found this flexible approach helpful because everyone has other commitments.

Each beginner received a folder packed with useful reference material and tips, and a few other bits and pieces to support their learning.

Most importantly, the course included a practical day to meet in person - with all due precautions - for a spot of revision, some practical work and a visit the bees (always a highlight!).

We always support our beginners when they come to setting up their first apiary or taking their first colony.

Topics included

As well as the full day at Awbridge Village Hall for handling bees and a spot of practical work, our beginners' course includes:

  • The bees' nest - types of hive and how to choose
  • Setting up an apiary - finding a site that's good for bees and safe for those close to it
  • Stings - how to avoid them and what to do if it happens
  • The honey bee colony - what's happening inside the hive
  • Swarming - how to use it to the bees' and your advantage
  • Pests and diseases - health issues for bees
  • Bees, plants and hive products - forage, honey and wax
  • Routine inspections - why and how to check your bees
  • The beekeeping year - winter, spring, summer and autumn
  • Simple honey extraction - how to know whether the bees can spare some honey, and what to do with it
  • Getting started - putting it all into practice

Our 2021 course was fully booked.
If you would like to be contacted when details of the 2022 course are announced, please email gillian.j.bird@btinternet.com

A beginners' course is regarded as essential for anyone embarking on keeping bees. If you are undecided about taking up beekeeping but would like to know more, please consider our taster day.


Our 'taster day' is ideal for those who want to know more about bees but are not ready to commit to taking on a colony. The morning sessions cover theory and the afternoon - weather permitting - a visit to the bees.

Our taster day in 2021 was very popular and makes an excellent gift.

If you would like to be notified of the 2022 date when it is announced, please email gillian.j.bird@btinternet.com