It is vital that you learn at least the basics of beekeeping before you get bees and Chichester Beekeepers offers an 8 week course ‘An Introduction to Basic Beekeeping’ starting in early March each year. 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 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, 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 2021 training course is fully subscribed. To find out more, hear of other courses 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 Saturday afternoon or evening meetings on an ad hoc basis. These are held at the apiaries of experienced beekeepers or at a central location and demonstrations will be of interest to established beekeepers already at an intermediate level.
Monthly evening meetings are held in the Fishbourne Centre, 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.