Beekeeping For Beginners 2018 – has Finished!!



Martin just loves beekeeping…

The apiary visits by those on the course have now been completed and some fine photos of one of these sessions are available courtesy of Polly Baldwin who attended this year’s course and is also a professional photographer! Follow the link to see her pictures…Practical and Open Hive sessions – RBKA Training Course 2018

Some of Polly’s Pictures from one of the hive sessions, after the course…


Equipment Sales…

Claro Bees run by Harrogate and Ripon Beekeepers’ Association

The sales site is next next to RHS Harlow Carr at HG3 1QA. They are open Saturdays 9.00am -12.30pm from Saturday March 10th until Saturday October 27th inclusive. Claro Bees cannot accept credit/debit cards. Purchases should be cash or cheque. Further details from Harrogate and Ripon Beekeepers’ Association

Further links to suppliers may be found on the Links and Contacts page of this website. The RBKA Committee has also  posted  details of a preferred supplier following a survey and study by the Committee. The ultimate choice, however remains yours and RBKA does not specifically endorse any particular supplier.


Some of the 2018 participants

This is the National Geographic life-cycle video, that was mentioned during the first session. It’s well worth watching. 

The course – An Introduction to Beekeeping – for anyone who thinks they might be interested in keeping bees

The course is based around the BBKA Course in a Case and has been developed further over the last few years to incorporate the latest developments in beekeeping. It includes practical and outdoor work for those who wish to do it.

This course has now finished for 2018, but check the website in December, it will return in 2019! Places are limited to 15 and will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis

The Course comprises:

  • 5 indoor sessions held in Oswaldkirk Village Hall (YO62 5XZ) from 7- 9pm on Wednesdays
  • An Outdoor open-hive session will be arranged at the last indoor session
  • In addition participants are invited to attend all/any of RBKA’s 2019 indoor and outdoor meetings
  • The tutor is Dr Rhona Sutherland with assistance from other Ryedale beekeepers
  • Price is £40.00, including refreshments at the indoor sessions






Course Summary:
Session 1     
Introduction to Bees   
Origin and variety of Honeybees and other bees – The Colony – Anatomy and life cycle

Session 2    The Hive and Beekeeping equipment   History of Beekeeping – Structure of modern hives – Beekeeping Equipment

Session 3
   The Beekeeping Year  
 Changes in the Colony through the year – Colony management and record keeping – Swarming and its control

Session 4    Pests and diseases  Healthy Bees . Possible Pests – Brood diseases – Chalk brood, Foul Broods – Adult bee


diseases – Nosema, Acarine and Varroa – Possible future pests – Small hive beetle and Asiatic Hornet

Session 5    Hive products   Sources of Pollen and Nectar – Honey Extraction – Microscopic observation of bees and

Session 6    Practical session   Making up frames – Lighting smokers – Tasting honey – Next Steps – Organising Apiary sessions.  Discussing sources of equipment, help and information

Other Training Opportunities

The British Bee Keeping Association [BBKA] has a range of training opportunities.