Beekeeping is a rewarding and fascinating activity.
Shropshire Beekeepers Association runs various courses throughout the year to learn the theory and practical skills required to successfully manage your own colonies.
Beekeeping involves a significant investment in time and money, especially when starting out. For that reason, it is recommended that you start by doing the Taster Day to gauge whether beekeeping is for you. If it is, the next stage is to embark upon a Beginners Course.
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Saturday 10th September 2022, 10:00-16:00
Beekeeping is a wonderful hobby where there is always more to learn. Even beekeepers with decades of experience have more to find out about this fascinating insect.
The annual Shropshire Bees Taster Day is a great way of finding out if beekeeping is for you. Over the course of the day, you’ll get an overview of the theory of beekeeping and also the chance to handle the bees under the supervision of our experienced members.
This full day event costs £75 per person and is held at our apiary in Shrewsbury.Book now
Saturday course: Saturday 3rd June 2023, 10:30-16:30 for 3 weeks
Evening course: Wednesday 26th July 2023, 18:30-20:30 for 6 weeks
The two courses offer the same content, but held at different times to make them as accessible as possible for attendees. You can do it as a 3 full day sessions or 6 two hour sessions.
As the Saturday sessions are held earlier in the season, there will be enough time for you to get your first colony of bees this year. With the Wednesday sessions being slightly later, it is recommended that you get your own bees the following spring.
These courses are £125 per person and are held at our apiary in Shrewsbury.Saturdays Evenings
Once you have completed a course, we offer a mentoring programme for course graduates. These are designed as a place to get encouragement and expertise from experienced beekeepers.
As part of your Shropshire Bees membership, you are entitled and encouraged to join one of our Bee Teams to help manage the bees in our apiary. This is a great opportunity to gain experience of working with different bees and different beekeepers.