A key role of the association is that of training.
The annual life cycle of a honeybee colony needs to be understood as well as some of the ways in which beekeepers can manage such things as swarming.
Like all living creatures, bees are subject to a number of diseases and pests – these need to be recognised and dealt with before they become serious.
Honey is a food product and is subject to strict hygiene requirements as well as legislation in respect of packaging and labelling. The best way to learn about all this and other aspects of beekeeping is to join your local association.
Our summer meetings are open to visitors, beekeepers or just those who are interested or considering keeping bees. Guests, members and visitors alike can borrow a bee suit, watch and participate as hives are manipulated and inspected.
There are a number of paper and practical qualifications, which can be obtained. These include the popular “Introduction to Beekeeping”
ten-week course and the BBKA Basic Assessment course.
Information on the British Beekeeping Association courses and examinations can be found on the BBKA website.
For more experienced beekeepers a variety of courses are available through Beekeepers@KSRC. For availability and to book courses please visit the Beekeepers@KSRC website.