We highly recommend that you attend an introductory course before embarking on your beekeeping career.
Courses run once or twice per year, usually in the autumn/winter season.  Contact the following for dates of next available course.

Introduction to Beekeeping Workshop 6 week course

Winterbourne House & Garden
University of Birmingham, 58 Edgbaston Park Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2RT
Tel: 0121 414 3003   
Tuesday Evenings

Fircroft College of Adult Education
1018 Bristol Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham, B29 6LH
Tel: 0121 472 0116   Ian.Edwards@fircroft.ac.uk

Session Dates: 6 weekly sessions 19:30 – 21.00

Wednesday evenings
Now taking bookings for February 2019
February  6 / 13 / 20 / 27
March  6 / 13

Tutor: Birmingham & District Bee Keepers Association - at both Winterbourne and Fircroft

This course is for people who are interested in learning about becoming a beekeeper.  The course covers

  • what you need to know to start beekeeping
  • honey bee natural history
  • how to get your first bees
  • how to look after the bees
  • keeping them healthy
  • swarming
  • problems
  • harvesting and processing honey

The natural history of honey bees is truly fascinating and the hobby is very rewarding for those that take it up.  The sessions are delivered by members of Birmingham & District Beekeepers Association over six weeks.  The teaching is classroom based with some practical, hands-on content over one and a half hours.  All practical materials are provided.  Please bring your own pen and notebook.  After completion students will be invited to the BDBKA Training Apiary for a hands-on experience handling live bees during the next flying season, April - September 2018.


Beekeeping Taster Days 2018

Martineau Gardens
Introductory one-day courses on the art of bee keeping.
So you think you would like to keep bees? You may have noticed a number of media reports commenting on the current problems facing the honey bee and thought, “What can I do about it?” Well, for one you could come along to one of the one day courses at Martineau Gardens for a non-technical taster. Honey bees need your help! The course will take you through various stages including:-
  • The difference between the three most common striped stinging insects
  • What does it cost
  • Beekeeping organizations, insurance
  • Equipment-  to buy or assemble your own
  • Types of hive
  • Siting hives
  • Tools
  • Clothing
  • The bee colony
  • What bees make
  • Pests
  • How to obtain bees
  • Swarms
  • Honey
  • Honey shows
  • Tasting mead and honey beer
  • Hands on – with live bees!


October 2017