Becoming a Beekeeper

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 off-season.  Contact the following for dates of next available course.

Introduction to Beekeeping – 6 week courses

Martineau Gardens

27 Priory Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B5 7UG

6th September to 11th October 7:30pm-9:00pm

Tel: 0121 440 7430    Email:

Course Tutors – Samantha Walker & Jane Nimmo

Course Description

Winterbourne House & Garden

University of Birmingham, 58 Edgbaston Park Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2RT

4Th October to 8th November 7:30pm – 9:00pm

Tel: 0121 414 3003

Fircroft College of Adult Education

1018 Bristol Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham, B29 6LH

Tel: 0121 472 0116

Session Dates: 6 weekly sessions 19:30 – 21.00.

Cost:  £65.00

Wednesday evenings 

TutorBirmingham & District Bee Keepers Association – Jan Willetts and Diana Phillips

The course is for people who are interested in learning about becoming a beekeeper.  The course covers the basics of:

  • 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 Fircroft College Apiary for a hands-on experience handling live bees during the next flying season, April – September 2020.