These are held once a month on a Saturday (weather permitting) from 10am to 4pm, during the summer season. The cost is £25 per person.
The morning session (10am - 12noon) is classroom based and looks at the life cycle of the bee.
Lunch is 12noon - 1pm and you will need to bring your own lunch.
The afternoon session (1pm - 4pm) is in the apiary; we will supply you with a bee suit and gloves but you will need to bring your own Wellington boots. After demonstrating how to go through a hive, we will supervise whilst you go through hives for yourself.
We run courses each year for people wishing to become beekeepers providing the student with a basic knowledge of beekeeping. Details of our next course are:
Mondays Wednesdays 7 pm - 9 pm
13th 15th February, 2017
Length of Course: 10 weeks
(Please note that due to circumstances beyond our control we have had to change the day of the week the sessions are held on)
Cost: £70 (Single) or £120 (Joint) - which includes a 10 week theory course, practical sessions in the Society Apiary at Llys Nini, Penllergaer, every weekend through the beekeeping season and full membership of the Society. Membership of the Society also includes other benefits.
If you would like further information about either the Taster Days or the Beginners' Course please contact us. However, should you wish to join the next Beginners' Course please download and complete the Registration Form (excel version) or the Registration Form (pdf version). Full details of how to pay and where to send the form are provided within the 'notes' page of the form.
Basic Assessment Study Group
Once you have kept bees for a season you are eligible to take your Basic Assessment in beekeeping. This is a practical assessment of your basic beekeeping skills and a discussion on various aspects of the beekeeping year. We run annual study groups for people who would like to take their assessment (or people who would just like to study more), and spending a weekend in the apiary practising for the assessment. Any one interested should contact the Education Officer (Nicola Oulton) or if you would like more information or details of the syllabus please take a look at the BBKA (British Beekeeping Association).
Module Study Groups
There are 7 modular exams after the Basic Assessment, each looking at a different aspect of beekeeping. We will put together study groups or tutorial groups for people interested in any of the modular exams. Please contact the Education Officer (Nicola Oulton) If you need any further information about the modular exams system or have a look at the BBKA information .