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?

Introduction to beekeeping

We run introductory courses each year, normally in April.  Watch this space to sign up for 2019!

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.