Beekeeper Training

Would you like to learn more about the interesting world of honey bees?

Tavistock Beekeepers runs a beginners introductory course in beekeeping: .

The course is usually run as a 2-hour evening session over seven weeks.

The training consists of evening meetings about Honeybee colonies, diseases, husbandry and management of the Honey bee colony.

The course fee includes FULL BBKA membership, and Tavistock Beekeepers branch membership, as well as a subscription to the national “Beekeeping” magazine, and the Devon “Beekeeper” magazine. There is full Beekeeping insurance and public liability insurance included, as well as entitlement to the full range of national and government beekeeping resources and expertease!

There will be as much Mentor training as you require to get set-up and start keeping bees as well as various Apiary visits and help. We encourage Beekeepers to stay “social”, and small self-help groups will be part of the training so you will not be alone in your quest to keep the most fascinating of insects producing honey in your garden.

The cost of the 2018 course is £120 per person, payable during the course.

The training information sheet is HERE

This cost includes other books and all materials and the cost of the venue hire. – WebBee

The intention is to offer a realistic insight into beekeeping, “warts and all”, and to encourage people to think quite carefully about whether it really is for them, or whether they might find more reward in creating a bee-friendly garden or allotment instead.

If you are not able to attend the introductory course this year but still wish to learn about bees, please contact the committee through the contact pages; we are keen to welcome new members to any of our events throughout the year. -WebBee

Study Groups

The Basic assessment is the starting point for all BBKA qualifications and provides a bed-rock foundation for practical beekeeping. Support for “improvers” and those wishing to take the Basic is offered during the Autumn (theory work) and the Spring (brushing up on the practical aspects) and is run as formal tuition.

The Modules are the theoretical basis for beekeeping, and whether or not you wish to take a formal exam, the information and insight to be gained from studying the courses is valuable in developing a better understanding of the principles behind effective beekeeping. Members can choose to establish informal study groups, enrol in a British Beekeeping Association (BBKA) Correspondence Course, and/or undertake self-directed learning. Occasionally taught classes are available throughout the Devon Beekeepers Association area and the DBKA website will provide information about this.

DBKA offers support and preparation days for the General Husbandry Assessment (a brief introduction to the nature and requirements of the assessment), the contact details can be found presently on the DBKA website. – WebBee

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