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Frequently asked questions

I'd like to try beekeeping - what do I have to do?

Just contact any of the members and come along on a Sunday morning or sign up to one of our courses.

I am frightened I might get stung.

There is always a chance of getting stung, remember, bees are wild animals. We try to keep calm bees at the apiary and if you work quietly and methodically the chances of getting stung are much lower. Also, bees are not very keen on strong smells i.e. scent, after shave or alcohol.

Do I need my own equipment?

If you have it then bring it along. Otherwise we will lend you everything you need.

Please bring a pair of wellington boots, if not, a stout pair of shoes will do (no shoes with open toes)!

Will I have to join right away?

No. You may find that beekeeping is not for you. Speak to a member and they can advise.

I used to keep bees - do you offer refresher courses?

Yes, we are fortunate in having many members with a great deal of experience who can help.

I am not sure if I want to handle the bees at first. 

Don't worry. Let someone know and they can help you work at a pace that suits you.

I'm an experienced beekeeper and want to join. What can I do?

We have plenty of opportunties for experienced beekeepers - queen rearing, assisting beginners etc. Please speak to a member or contact the association using this link: Get in Touch

Link to British Beekeepers' Association 'Becoming a Beekeeper' page

What Equipment will I Need?

Beekeeping, like a lot of hobbies and crafts, suffers from there being a plethora of gizmos and tools available to the consumer. You can talk to one beekeeper who will recommend something and to another who will recommend something completely different, especially when it comes to types of hives to buy. The best rule is to buy what you think you will be comfortable with and the best quality possible. It is essential to have the following: 

  • Bee suit

  • Hive tool                                                                                                                

  • Smoker

  • Gloves. Rubber 'washing up' gloves are good. Many beekeepers use nitrile or latex disposable gloves

  • Stout pair of shoes or boots - wellingtons are ideal. (No open toed shoes)!


We have a selection of beesuits, hive tools and smokers that may be borrowed until you get your own.

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