Shipston Beekeepers members and their bees are very important to us. We provide education and support so that beekeepers can enjoy this fascinating hobby and ensure their bees are kept well and responsibly. It is crucial that new beekeepers have the right level of competence to manage their colonies, recognise disease, minimise swarming and avoid their bees being a nuisance to the public.

Complete Beginner?

Beekeepers examine a hive

Introduction to beekeeping

Warwick and Leamington Beekeepers are holding two more Introduction to Beekeeping events on 28th June and 10th September 2017, more information here

We run yearly introduction to beekeeping courses, normally in April.  Our next course will be in 2018, details to follow.

We cover:

  • How a honey bee colony works
  • The beekeeping year
  • The essential equipment
  • Harvesting your honey & wax
  • How to get started with your own bees


A bit more experienced?

We encourage members to take the BBKA Basic Assessment – which provides the information and confidence to keep bees – and offer revision classes and support for this and other BBKA Modules.

We have regular Apiary Meetings at our member’s home apiaries once a month during the summer and autumn season. These give the opportunity to learn how other people manage their bees, and maybe solve that tricky problem you’ve been facing.

There is a more informal gathering on the second Monday of every month to socialise, talk “bees” with like-minded individuals.

For upcoming training, both at branch and county level, please look at our News and Events page for further details.