The Mid Bucks Beekeepers Association runs courses each year to help new beekeepers learn the craft of beekeeping and for established beekeepers to help improve their skills.
Course - 2017
The 2017 course
will give the new beekeeper a good working knowledge of both the
theory and practical aspects of beekeeping. The theory part of the course
will be held over six evening sessions starting on 20th February
2017. The cost for the course is £63 - 75.
From May onwards there will be regular practical
sessions at our Teaching Apiary near Aylesbury. These provide
experience handling bees under the guidance of an experienced
There is no obligation to take up beekeeping at
the end of the course but if you decide you want to, the
Association can advise on the best equipment to purchase and how
to obtain your first colony of bees.
To register for the course please go
For further information please contact
BBKA Basic Assessment
The BBKA Basic Assessment is an excellent course
for beekeepers to enhance their working knowledge of beekeeping
as well as a proven way for established beekeepers to bring
themselves up to date with such things as disease management.
The course runs from May through June each year
(details are published in our Newsletter), you are required to have
been keeping bees for at least one year, the assessment is a
practical session. The full syllabus can be found
The British Beekeeping Association (BBKA)
operate a full educational programme of practical and written
examinations leading to becoming a
Beekeeper. Each year Mid Bucks operates a study
programme for one or two modules of the BBKA Syllabus.
The benefit to the association and to beekeeping
within the region of members studying for BBKA certificates is that
it ensures that we have sufficient knowledge within our association
to provide support to our members.
Our Association is participating in the Bucks
County BKA General Husbandry training programme. The trainining
is run over two weekends and is aimed at experienced beekeepers
who wish to enhance their skills and possibly sit the General
Husbandry Assessment the following year. Full details of the
course can be found