Course – Introduction to Beekeeping – February 2023


East Lothian Beekeepers association  run annual Beginners Classes. 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.



Availability: 10 in stock

SKU: FEB.BEE Category:

Session:  FEBRUARY
Location: Fraser Centre, 3A Winton Place, Tranent, EH33 1AF
Class: Beekeeping for Beginners. It consists of beekeeping theory classes and practical sessions arranged with the students for spring/summer months (you do not need book the Gilmerton Walled Garden course in May)
Evening: 7.00 – 9.00pm
Dates: Wednesday 15th February to Thursday 22nd March (6 weeks)
Fee: Adults £80, Juniors* £20
Class Size: up to 20 students


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 life-cycles; pollination, nectar and honey; local forage crops.

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.

After the course

Practical beekeeping demonstrations will be arranged with the course members in the spring/summer.

In 2018 it was estimated that the cost of setting up as a beekeeper was in the region of £700. In the summer months you will need to be able to check your bees weekly.

Terms & Conditions of booking;
* Juniors (under 16’s) must be accompanied by an adult
Payment for any courses must be made in full at the time of booking.
Bookings cancelled before the commencement of the course will receive a refund less a £10 admin fee.
Please do not attend if you have covid symptoms or test positive




Adult, Child, Juniors