Meet the Bees

Please note our 2019 beekeeper training is full.  Please contact us if you wish to register your interest for 2020.

Course Content

After you have attended ABKA’s Bees and Beekeeping course you will be able to ‘Meet the Bees’  – the next logical step.  Here you will have an opportunity to actually handle the bees at our Association apiary in a small group session led by some of our experienced beekeepers.  This will usually be in April or May and is entirely weather dependent.  If the weather changes we may need to cancel at short notice, this is for both your safety and enjoyment of the experience.

On the day

Safety first! ABKA will provide you with a full bee suit and make sure you are properly prepared and checked over to ensure you don’t get any unwanted visitors inside your suit.

Seeing the inside of a hive for the first time

We will talk a little about beekeeper and bee hygiene, demonstrate how to open a hive, where best to stand, use of a smoker and hive tool and how to remove a frame with bees on and inspect it.  You will get a chance to hold the frame and we will describe what’s happening on that frame and answer questions.

You will be able to hear the noises the bees make, watch their busy bodies and feel the warmth they exude.  You’ll smell pollens and honeys.  You will see the worker bees, the cell types and (hopefully) the queen .  You’ll see tiny eggs (this is why you’ll need your specs), healthy larvae, capped brood and even the odd baby bee emerging from its cell.  There may even be the odd drone.  Then we will carefully reassemble the hive.  It will probably take an hour.  It’s engrossing and marvellous and always takes longer than you think.

There will then be a 20 minute question and answer session to discuss anything arising from the day’s activity.

What to bring along: 

  1. Clean wellies or boots suitable for tucking in a bee suit.
  2. Snug fitting Marigold type washing up gloves and bands to hold them closed at the wrist.
  3. Something to tie back long hair if appropriate.
  4. Glasses if you need them for close up work

Course fee: £25

Next Steps:  If you have already attended Bees and Beekeeping you are qualified to apply for our Beekeeper Training Programme.

If you would like to Meet the Bees, please register your interest for the 2020 programme with our Education Officer.  Email: education@airedalebka.org.uk.