A key responsibility of any beekeeping association is to recruit new members and to offer them guidance and support in learning about honey bees and the ways in which we manage them safely. This may be achieved in various ways, through classroom sessions on the theory and practice of bees and beekeeping and by practical demonstrations and guidance with live bees in an apiary.
Introduction to Beekeeping
Medway Beekeepers’ Association runs an annual ‘Introduction to Beekeeping Course‘ intended for novices and this includes practical sessions at the bees. For further information please click the button below.
BBKA Basic Assessment
BBKA has cancelled this course for 2020. Candidates who have applied already will receive a free transfer to next year or a refund if they prefer.
Other educational activities are aimed at relatively new beekeepers, who may wish to improve their understanding and practice; we intend to provide appropriate training for those wishing to take the BBKA Basic Assessment, a worthwhile exercise in demonstrating your competence to handle bees safely. For further details please click the button below.
We are developing a Mentoring Scheme that aims to pair up newer beekeepers with nearby, more experienced beekeepers. If you would be interested in this scheme, either as a Mentor or Mentee or if you would be interested in being a ‘Bee Buddy” to someone, click below for more information.
Please note that the Apiary Site is closed to visitors until further notice.
The Association benefits from a club apiary stocked with several colonies; these are used in training and more generally for occasional Open Days. A team of experienced beekeepers examines the apiary colonies regularly and newer beekeepers are encouraged to attend and help. An Apiary Manager oversees this work and the Apiary Co-ordinator manages the inspection rota. For opening times and dates please click the button below.
The summer meetings also include visits to the apiaries of our members these are also open to visitors, beekeepers or just those who are interested or considering keeping bees. Guests, members and visitors alike can borrow a bee suit (a limited number are available on a first come basis) , watch and participate as hives are manipulated and inspected. During the winter we arrange a series of talks and presentations on topics which are relevant to the keeping of healthy productive bee colonies. Click the button below to see the upcoming events.
British Beekeeping Association
The British Beekeeping Association administers a suite of both theoretical and practical examinations and assessments details of which can be found on the BBKA website.
10-Week Study Group
MBKA usually runs an enjoyable 10-week Study Group course over the winter months. This is often tied into one of the BBKA Modular examinations.
This winter the Study Group is looking at Module 3 – Bee Diseases and Pests
More information on next winter’s course look here in August 2020
To contact the Education Officer please click the button below.