PLEASE NOTE - BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL
The following Sessions and Courses are normally run by the Association.
These are in response to demand and may vary according to that and our own limited resources. If you are interested, please e-mail or talk to the relevant contact person as shown against each course
to get further details and register your intention. For fuller details of courses for 2016 and details of the BBKA Exam structure, please see files
and links at the top of this page.
1. TASTER SESSIONS
We are offering ‘Taster Sessions’ for those interested in taking up beekeeping. The two hour sessions are
designed to give an experience of looking into a hive, how it feels to be surrounded by buzzing insects and provides an insight into the world of the honeybee. Click here for details of our 2017 Taster Sessions.
2. INTRODUCTION TO
This course is run over the winter when the
Theory aspects of keeping bees are taught and then followed by practical sessions in the following Spring and early Summer at the Association Apiary. The aim is to bring newcomers to the basic
standard necessary to have their first hive(s). The cost is from £90 per person and this includes the training material.
Contact Venetia Rist on e-mail
This is open to Association members only who have done the Beginners course and is designed to take members to the point where
they can gain their BBKA Basic Certificate in Beekeeping. There is no charge for this course.
Contact Jill Tinsey on e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
4. SEASONAL MANAGEMENT
Again open to members only, these days are designed.to help members improve key aspects of their skill and
Contact John Woodford on e-mail email@example.com
5. GENERAL HUSBANDRY
This course is designed to prepare beekeepers who have the Basic Certificate and who wish to attain further accreditation of
their skills and will prepare them for the BBKA General Husbandry Assessment.
Contact John Woodford on
Welcome to the fascinating life of Bees and Beekeepers in West Norfolk. If you want to find out about honey bees then a good starting point is to join one of our apiary sessions (see events page).
Here you can see hives and bees, hear about looking after honey bees and meet beekeepers too. We also have stands at the major Shows in Norfolk and often have an Observation hive too where you can
see bees in action. If it is not possible to make these dates then contact us and we will see if there is a beekeeper in your area who will be willing and able to talk to you about keeping bees.
In summary you will need .... some knowledge, some equipment, an inquisitive mind and a few hours a week during the season (late March to September). As with many animals if you leave them alone
they will die but if you look after them they will reward you with lots of honey and a wonderful sense of satisfaction too. Wear a beesuit into your local store, garage or pub and you will get a warm
welcome and a barrage of questions too! Probably the best way to get started is to attend one of our Taster Sessions If you join our association, which we hope you will, you will get insurance (public and product liability), a year book with lots of useful articles and a list of beekeepers in
your area, and a newsletter which provides useful contacts, equipment and bees for sale and details of meetings.
The panel opposite provides links to some of the topics you need to think about or alternatively / as well you can contact us directly and we will try and help you work out the best approach for
Here is your first year in beekeeping .......
DURING THE WINTER:
› Go to lectures and meetings of your local branch.
› Attend any courses you can find.
› Read, using the library of your association and your local
library. We suggest two of the books to read are "Guide to Bees and Honey" by Ted Hooper and "Beekeeping a Seasonal Guide" by Ron Brown.
› Take a beekeeping journal
› Find a site for keeping your bees, your garden may not be suitable.
IN THE SPRING and
› Buy, from a Beekeeper in your association if you can, a 4 frame nucleus with a young queen. Ask for bees that are quiet and easy to handle. With your nucleus you will gain,
experience, confidence and manual skills. You are unlikely to have swarming problems. Your bees will be on 10 or 11 frames by July.
› Feed your bees ready for winter.
› Make or buy two more hives.
IN THE FOLLOWING
› Increase your bees to two stocks by making an Artificial Swarm.
› Collect a Swarm.
By the end of the season you will have three good stocks, experience and a crop of honey.
With Acknowledgment to RON BROWN of