It is vital that you learn at least the basics of beekeeping before you get bees and Chichester Beekeepers offers an 6 week course ‘An Introduction to Basic Beekeeping’ starting each February. Keeping bees is just like keeping any other kind of animal, in that they need regular care and attention and they need an understanding of their needs. Beekeeping is time-consuming and disappointment may follow if you think that you can just put a hive in the garden and all will be well.
The "Introduction to Beekeeping" training course consists of 8 sessions, comprising of a combination of evening classes and half-day practical sessions at beehives. Lecturers are experienced and knowledgeable beekeepers and each session is supported by detailed course notes.
The course fee includes a text book on beekeeping (The Haynes Bee Manual ), membership of West Sussex Beekeepers' Association and the British Beekeepers' Association, third party liability insurance, a monthly newsletter and monthly meetings of Chichester Beekeepers.
The 2023 training course is now finished and all the places are taken for 2024 with a reserve list. Programme information for the 2024 course can be downloaded here. To find out more or add your name to the list for the next Chichester course click here. In any event, do come along to one of our meetings to learn out more about beekeeping.
In addition West Sussex Beekeepers arrange evening meetings on an ad hoc basis. These are held at a central location and would be of interest to established beekeepers already at an intermediate level.
Monthly evening meetings are held in the Boxgrove Village Hall, near Chichester, when specific and topical beekeeping subjects are addressed and advice is freely available from more experienced beekeepers. Check the Events page for details of meeting topics and dates.