SBKA Beginners' Course 2021 Registration
IMPORTANT NOTE: Date corrections!
We're looking to run this course via Zoom - at least initially. Please bear with us while we organise the dates. The dates provided below should be considered provisional.
The Beginners' course is designed to give you all the knowledge and skills required to start keeping bees this year. It comprises 8 classroom sessions - seven theory and one practical, together with two apiary sessions.
The following theory sessions all start at 7.30pm and continue until 9.30pm
Tuesdays 9, 16, 23 & 30 March 2021
School holiday break 6 & 13 April 2021
Continuing then on 20, 27 April and 4 May 2021
Honey extraction depends on availability of honey: 15 June, 7.30pm - 9.30pm, unless otherwise advised.
apiary sessions 10am-12 noon, 1pm-3pm
any two of :
8 & 9 May
15 & 16 May
Since so many new beekeepers make expensive mistakes making hives from flatpacks we may run a practical session to instruct people on how to make up a hive. Possibly Sunday 9 May.
The dates for the practicals are notional since we are dependent on the weather behaving itself and Covid constraints in force at the time. The dates will hold unless we have hurricane and tornados or a continuation of the lockdown....
All sessions will take place at the JG Graves Woodlands Discovery Centre in Ecclesall Woods off Abbey Lane, or at our queen rearing apiary at Bole Hill, Crookes.
The course fee is £85 and is open to Sheffield BKA members only. This means that applicants have to join SBKA if they are not already members. Minimum membership is Social membership at £19.
Full details on this page:
Please note that we run an online 'shop' throughout the year wherein members can benefit from discounted equipment and bees. If you are just starting out and looking to buy equipment you may wish to consider using our on line 'shop'. Talk to us first.
New members: please give us a telephone number we can contact you on
Emergency contact & number
Please give us the name and telephone number of someone we can contact in case of an emergency
Do you have any special needs?
Please let us know so that we can help you get the most from the course.
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have looked inside a hive / attended hands-on session
already taken a 2/3 day course
beekeeper in my immediate family
have had bees for some time now….
Educational reason for taking this course
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general interest, may get some bees sometime
wanting to get bees this year
to improve on my current beekeeping
personal learning, first step to higher training levels
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Due to the high demand we regret that payment is necessary to secure your place but even so we cannot guarantee everyone will have a place. If you are unsuccessful we will of course return your payment! You can pay by Go Cardless -
, cheque, made payable to Sheffield BKA, and sent to RJ, Treasurer SBKA, 43 Holbrook Road, Sheffield S13 8AW, or pay by BACS: The Co-operative Bank a/c name: Sheffield Beekeepers’ Association sort code: 08 92 99 a/c no. : 65843891 (please reference your BACS payment with reference BGN & short name e.g. "BGN Phil K")
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Please indicate your membership status. If you are not already a member, you will need to join since the course is only open to members. The minimum membership for eligibility on the course is "Social" - at £19. However, you may need a higher form of membership if you intend to keep bees before 1 Oct 2021 and need the insurance. The membership application forms are available on our web site.
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