Beekeeping Beginners Course starts February

The 2017 winter course is now fully booked.

We will have a Beekeeping Taster Day in July. Send an email if you are keen to go on the 1 day introduction to beekeping. 

East Lothian Beekeepers association  runs an annual Beginners Class. The classes cover the theoretical and practical basics of beekeeping and give a sound grounding for the new beekeeper. The classes are also a good place to meet other beginners.

The course consists of 2 components: the theory sessions on Tuesday evenings, and the practical sessions, on weekends - usually Saturday afternoons in May. It's important to check you can make all the dates. 

Please complete our Contact Form. Be sure to fill in your name, address (including postcode) and telephone number (mobile if you use one, as you may need to be contacted regarding the timing of practice sessions depending on the weather). If there are still places available we will contact you with the address to which you should send a cheque( or paypal link) to confirm your place.

The course will be held over six weeks starting on 14 February 2017 and finishing 21 March 2017, held in Haddington Town Hall on Tuesday evenings starting at 7pm

Course start date: 14th Feb on Tuesday

The course fee is £50 which includes;

  • One year membership of the East Lothian Beekeepers’ Association - value £5
  • One year membership of the Scottish Beekeepers Association for one year. - value £30 - see membership details here
  • 6 week course
  • Mentoring

Furthrer information and registering for the course can be obtained from the Secretary, Deborah Mackay email: eastlothianbeekeepers [at]

Week 1.

Introduction; what is a honeybee, origins of bees; history of beekeeping,

honey hunting, skeps, Langstroth; importance of beekeeping.

Week 2.

The colony; the queen, workers and drones; division of work within the

hive; individual lifecycles; pollination, nectar and honey; local forage


Week 3.  

The Hive; hive components; brood box; supers; different types of hive;

practical - making frames.

Week 4. 

The beekeeping year; preparation for winter; spring management,

inspections, summer build up; harvesting honey; wax, propolis and

pollen; selling honey.

Week 5.

Pests and Diseases; pests; brood diseases; adult bee diseases; varroa;

statutory requirements.

Week 6.

Swarms and the reason for swarming (causes, natural history, primary

and casts); swarm control; swarm collection.

What next:  practical beekeeping demonstrations will be held in May

2017, weather permitting.

For those of you who already have a place reserved please use the button below to pay by card or paypal FULL