Beginner’s Beekeeping Course

  • A thorough and fun course covering all the aspects below. Ideal for all prospective new beekeepers.
  • Natural history of honeybees.
  • The functions of the queen bee, workers and drones in the life of the colony.
  • The beekeeping year.
  • Forage, hive products, beeswax and honey processing.
  • Swarms and swarm control.
  • Bee health and disease management.
  • Economics of beekeeping, equipment required.
  • Principal parts and functions of the hive.
  • Considerations when setting up an apiary.

The theory is followed by hands on  four practical sessions with the bees on Sundays at the Coppermill out apiary for all those taking the Beekeeping Course.  For this you will need to purchase protective clothing (details will be given on the course).

The next course will be held March/April 2024

There will be four evening theory sessions which will start at 7.30pm, Location to be confirmed (Ruislip/South Ruislip area)
The practicals will usually be on Sunday mornings at 10:00 at our apiary and consist of four sessions approximately fortnightly (weather dependent)

Cost:-  £TBA  (Includes PRBKA membership & BBKA registration for a year).  
For further information and enrolment, contact:


BBKA Basic Course

For Beekeepers who have already taken the Beginners Course and have been keeping their own bees for a complete year or more.  This is run when there is demand – enquire at the club or email