Courses 19/20

 Course for new beekeepers 2019

 This course is designed for prospective beekeepers in West Dorset and aims to provide students with the knowledge and understanding required to manage a colony of bees. The course combines theory with practical experience and is an effective and supportive route into beekeeping.

Topics covered by the course include –

  • Basic equipment and protective clothing
  • Colony composition and activity within the colony
  • Types of hive and frames
  • Siting an apiary. The Beekeeping Year. Forage
  • Problems and diseases
  • Varroa and varroa control. Swarming – prevention and control
  • Extracting honey and other hive produce


Provisional dates for 2019 – Bridport Christian Fellowship Hall, King’s Square, Bridport DT6 3QD. (within East St Car Park)

Time – 7.00 – 9.15pm

Tuesday 29th Jan       Tuesday 5th March

Tuesday 5th Feb      Tuesday 12th March

Tuesday 12th Feb      Tuesday 19th March

Tuesday 26th Feb

Followed by 3 practical sessions in the WDBKA apiary on Saturday afternoons during April and May.

Cost £75,  including a non-refundable £10 deposit. Course members are automatically enrolled as ‘Friends’ of the Association.

Numbers are limited to 25 students – Please register your interest with our Secretary, Carole Brown –   Tel  01308 456210

The 2019  course is now fully booked  … we have started a waiting list!

Carole Brown

WDBKA Secretary

11, North Hill Way,       Bridport,  Dorset.   DT6 4JX


WDBKA is always keen to support and encourage prospective beekeepers. If you are unable to commit to the course but have a strong interest in bee keeping you may wish to consider joining our association as a ‘Friend’ which will give you access to the programme of talks and apiary visits as well as a monthly newsletter.


The British Beekeeping Association has a comprehensive programme of study modules to encourage members to develop and refine their beekeeping skills.

Click here to see an ‘infographic’ from Bee Craft magazine which provides a visual reference for the range of modules on offer through the BBKA.