Head Start to Beekeeping Spring 2020

Tutor: Dougal Hendry Canterbury Beekeepers Branch Kent BKA

Location, dates and times to be confirmed after consultation with registered students.

There will be 7 classroom/workshop sessions, followed by at least one (weekend) practical to be arranged during the course.
Maximum 12 students

Cost £80 per person. Two people willing to share course book, etc. £140. Existing members of Canterbury Beekeepers £75.
Contact – Email: dougal@canterburybeekeepers.org.uk – Tel: 07845 298954

The cost also includes membership as a Friend of the Canterbury Beekeepers branch of Kent Beekeepers Association (KBKA) for the year 2019/20 but details of all local associations will be provided.

A course book is included for use during and after the course together with supplementary handouts and there is plenty of opportunity to handle equipment, assemble frames and ask questions.


This course is aimed at potential beekeepers and those with an interest in beekeeping. It covers all the needs of those thinking about keeping bees. Novice beekeepers will also benefit by attending this course. Not everyone becomes a beekeeper after the course but everyone will come away with a realistic understanding of the pleasures and practicalities of beekeeping today.

Examples of course contents

  • Know how to start & manage a beehive
  • The different types of hive and types and assembling of frames
  • The costs and time involved
  • Understand the life cycle of a honeybee colony
  • How to manage swarming
  • Be able to identify problems in the hive and prevent, or manage these problems when they happen
  • Know how to harvest products from the hive, including honey and beeswax
  • Have enough information to decide if you would like to keep bees

Fill out the form below to reserve a place on the course and you will then be sent payment details.

Head Start to Beekeeping Spring 2020

  • Email is the main way we communicate with members. By providing an email address you consent to its use for the following purposes:

    * Communication from Dougal Hendry

    * Communication from the branch secretary

    * Managing Canterbury branch activities (use by committee members)

  • The cost also includes membership as a Friend of the Canterbury Beekeepers for the year. Using Gift Aid means that Kent BKA can claim back £1.25 from HRMC from this part of the course fee. Please acknowledge the following statements by indicating agreement or declining.

    * I am a UK taxpayer and want to Gift aid my subscription to KBKA

    * I understand that if I pay less Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax that the amount of GiftAid claimed on my subscriptions in that tax year it is my responsibility to pay any difference.

  • Canterbury Beekeepers are geographically spread out, and getting to know beekeepers close to you is a good way to accelerate your learning. We have neighbourhood groups that supplement the regular branch meetings. Any friend of the branch is welcome to join these informal gatherings. To put you in contact, we need your permission to share some of your personal information.
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