How to Start Beekeeping

Why Join a Group?

For the inexperienced the help and advice is essential. You need to be shown how to handle bees before you take the plunge – you may find that you really don’t like handling bees. Even if you can’t manage to get to an Apiary meeting, we always have a member who is willing to let you see their bees somewhere more convenient for you.

Most beekeeping groups, like us, are affiliated to the British Beekeeping Association (BBKA) and this organisation provides a wide range of literature and insurance. Insurance is essential as mistakes can be expensive or dangerous.

We have a library where you can borrow books and videos. We also have equipment you can hire, for extracting honey, for example. We also try to provide beginners with bees.

Beware of getting carried away and spending a lot of money until you are sure that you are happy with bees. A really full, busy, hive at the height of the season can be very daunting!

You do not have to spend large sums of money – in the winter you may be able to get a hive at a cheap rate (flat pack, self assembly). An excellent place to buy is at the BBKA Spring Convention held at Harper Adams University, Newport, Shropshire, TF10 8NB. At the Convention there are numerous companies all competing for custom so prices are extremely competitive.

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