Training opportunities

The British Bee Keeping Association [BBKA] has a range of training opportunities, however RBKA also runs a course each year which provides a solid introduction to beekeeping.

Details of the 2018 course are now available below…

Beekeeping For Beginners 2018

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. Next year’s course is now open for bookings.

The Course comprises:

  • 6 indoor sessions held in Oswaldkirk Village Hall (YO62 5XZ) from 7- 9pm on Wednesdays February 28th, March 7th, 14th 22nd, 28th, and Thursday March 29th
  • 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 2018 indoor and outdoor meetings
  • The tutor will be Dr Rhona Sutherland with assistance from other Ryedale beekeepers
  • Price will be £40.00, including refreshments at the indoor sessions

If you are interested and want to know more about the course please contact Rhona by email: To obtain a booking form please download one here [RBKA 2018 Booking Form].

If you decide to come on the course, return the completed form with a cheque made payable to RBKA  to Rhona Sutherland at Orchard House, The Terrace, Oswaldkirk, YO62 5XZ  by February 7th.

Places are limited to fifteen and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.






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