Just contact any of the members and come along on a Sunday morning or sign up to one of our courses.
There is always a chance of getting stung, remember, bees are wild animals. We try to keep calm bees at the apiary and if you work quietly and methodically the chances are much lower. Also, bees are not very keen on strong smells i.e. scent, after shave or alcohol.
If you have it then bring it along. Otherwise we will lend you everything you need..
Please bring a pair of wellington boots, if not, a stout pair of shoes will do (no shoes with open toes)!
No. You may find that beekeeping is not for you. Speak to a member and they can advise.
Yes, we are fortunate in having many members with a great deal of experience who can help.
Don't worry. Let someone know and they can help you work at a pace that suits you..
We have plenty of opportunties for experienced beekeepers - queen rearing, assisting beginners etc. Please speak to a member or contact the association on the numbers below.
Beekeeping, like a lot of hobbies and crafts, suffers from there being a plethora of gizmos and tools available to the consumer. You can talk to one beekeeper who will recommend something and to another who will recommend something completely different, especially when it comes to types of hives to buy. The best rule is to buy what you think you will be comfortable with and the best quality possible. It is essential to have the following:
However, we have a selection of beesuits, hive tools and smokers that may be borrowed until you get your own.
A list of suppliers can be found on the 'links' page.