How do I begin?
Contacting your local Beekeeping Association is a good starting point. Membership of a local Beekeepers’ Association is an advantage and its Secretary will usually be able to arrange for other beekeepers to help and advise a new starter. Many have course specifically tailored for beginners which NBU staff often help out on. Many also have a mentoring system where you will be able to spend time learning the craft with a more experienced beekeeper. Your Association as well as its website will also have a library from which books and other literature can be borrowed. There is a wealth of beekeeping literature from which a suitable manual may be selected.
Many Beekeeping Association websites include information about courses of all types being organised. Links to the main beekeeping associations can be found on the useful links page on this website.
And when you set up your apiaries don't forget to make sure that your apiaries are signed up in BeeBase. It is often assumed that when you become a member of a beekeeping association that your details are then automatically part of BeeBase. This is not the case although many beekeepers do think this, individual beekeepers have to sign up.
Once you have your bees you can also get in touch with your local Bee Inspector. Click here to go to our Contacts Page.
A few local colleges offer advice and instruction in beekeeping. Interested beekeepers should ask the Director of Education and Principals of Agricultural and Horticultural Colleges in their area for details.
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