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apiculture  n. beekeeping

apiarist n. one who keeps bees

apiary n.  a place where bees are kept

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Okehampton Beekeepers are going to run a Beekeeping Training Course of 8 Wednesday evening sessions, at Whiddon Down Village Hall, Exeter Road, EX20 2QT from 7 pm -

9 pm, on the following dates:-  16th January, 30th January, 13th February,  20th February, 13th March, 27th March, 10th April and

1st May.  

In addition, there will be a number of follow-up practical sessions giving the opportunity to inspect colonies of bees and put into practice knowledge learnt during the course.

The £75 course fee includes a copy of the excellent publication 'The BBKA Guide to Beekeeping (normally priced £18.99) plus full reimbursement of the £20 entrance fee should you decide to take the assessment for the BBKA Basic Certificate In Beekeeping and achieve the standard required to 'pass'.  The course will cover the syllabus required for this exam - see pdf file below.  It is not mandatory to take the exam but we would encourage you to do so.

For further information please contact

Ray King  by phone on 01363 772007


  by E-mail at roadpark@btinternet.com


BASIC Beekeeping Certificate Syllabus

Need Help Getting Started?

Okehampton Beekeepers offer to help new branch members by appointing them a Mentor if they wish. The mentor will assist with handling bees during the first year. Sometimes just having someone to talk through doubts about what needs to be done is enough to give the confidence required.

Need Help but Not a New Member?

Maybe you need help with a manipulation that you are unsure about or want to try a different way. Being unsure about what to do is not unique to new members; there's always something new to learn.

To request help and find out more about what we can offer contact Simon O’Sullivan see the CONTACT page.

Have you previously attended a Basic Beekeeping course? Have you kept bees for at least twelve months?

Then why not put yourself forward for assessment for the BBKA Basic Certificate. The practical assessment is a one-to-one session that takes place during the summer. Pass or fail, you will receive valuable feedback on your basic bee-handling skills.

Contact Ray King to find out more: roadpark@btinternet.com

Beekeeping Training Course 2019

Beekeeping Best Practice

One place to get good advice about beekeeping is from the Best Practice Guides and Fact Sheets produced by the National Bee Unit website BeeBase. These PDF file publications can be read online or downloaded from the public pages of the site.

Go to: www.nationalbeeunit.com  then click through the pages:

Home >  Bee Research and Publications > Publications >

     Advisory Leaflets, Training Manuals & Fact Sheets

The list of publications available [April 2012] is shown below.

Best Practice Guidelines:

  1. - The Essence of Beekeeping
  2. - Handling and Examining a colony of bees
  3. - Apiary and hive hygiene
  4. - Disease recognition
  5. - Advice for obtaining honey bees
  6. - Spring Checks
  7. - Feeding Bees
  8. - Sale of Honeybee Nuclei
  9. - Small hive beetle - What you need to know
  10. - Bee Improvement
  11. - Varroa

Fact Sheets:

Courses are run by many other organisations and vary

in time of year, duration and syllabus.

See the websites on our LINKS page to start your search.