Many local beekeeping associations run beekeeping courses which cover the basics of good beekeeping. Many of the courses are over subscribed and it is often hard to get a place so you will need to book early. Omlet also offer good beekeeping courses, from taster sessions to complete courses, and if you would like more information please visit the courses page.
Lectures and bee books
Most associations have a wide range of lectures covering all manner of beekeeping topics. They run throughout the year and cover interesting topics such a hive management to disease control. Most associations also have a really good book library which you can use free of charge.
You will get public liability insurance for all beekeeping activities and also product insurance. Product insurance covers you in the unlikely event that your bees catch American Foulbrood (a rare disease). In this unfortunate situation your hive would have to be destroyed by a Bee Inspector and the insurance should cover the cost of a new hive for you.
Last but not least - the beekeeping associations are full of like minded friendly people. You can get advice about your hives, find someone with bees to spare and make friends.
To find out more visit www.britishbee.org.uk.
Julie, 22 March 2021
Could you please advise whom to contact with regards to honeybees that cause distress and are a nuisance to people. We have a house in a built up area that keep honeybees in a small confined space. There have been 4 swarms in 2020, we have had the keepers coming onto property with out consent and as neighbours we need to sort out before we have the same thing happening in 2021.