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Bishops Stortford Beekeepers

Getting Started & Training

We are pleased to offer a beginners course which provides you with information on how to get started and an insight into the world of the Honeybee. We cover everything from how to build your hive to the importance of gardening for bees and the vital role that pollen and nectar play in their building colony strength. While also covering the importance of disease recognition to handling bees – whether in a National or Top Bar Hive. You will gain from visits to our Training Apiary while also benefiting from visiting members’ garden apiaries and enjoying a support network of beekeepers within your local area.

The beginners course runs during April and May and comprises 5 weekly classes at Hopley’s Garden Centre, Much Hadham plus a weekend visit to the Association Apiary.

Mail: training@stortfordbees.org.uk for more details on training


For details of other beginners courses across Hertfordshire please see this attachment.



for membership

Mail: treasurer@stortfordbees.org.uk


Those members who have been keeping bees for at least a year are eligible to take the BBKA Bee Basic assessment. The syllabus for this can be found on the BBKA website

URL: http://www.bbka.org.uk/learn/examinations__assessments/basic_assessment


Mid Bucks have produced an excellent overview of the assessment contained in their study notes .pdf, well worth reading by everyone not just those taking the exam. It is available on their website.


URL: http://blog.mbbka.org.uk/category/education/basic-assessment-exam/


We are also a member of Hertfordshire BKA and can participate in their training courses which include New Season Preparation, Swarm Collecting, Basic Assessment Preparation and Microscopy. Please see their website or this attachment for further details.