Education & Courses

CBKA is actively involved in educational projects across the county, teaching the craft of beekeeping and about the issues surrounding the plight of bees.

Bee populations are in decline nationally and the current population of beekeepers is getting older all the time. It is to this end that we continue to encourage people, especially younger people, to get involved, to ensure a healthy future for beekeeping.

We are able to come and give talks to schools and other groups – please get in touch with Zoe Oke at zoe.oke@outlook.com to find out how we can tailor a talk or display to your requirements.

Our members and local colleges also offer a number of courses aimed at new and improving beekeepers, which are listed below (the CBKA does not endorse any particular courses).

BIBBA webinars for potential beekeepers

“Beekeeping. What’s it all About?”

A one hour presentation that gives the absolute basic information to help potential beekeepers decide if they should go further. Topics covered include:- Time needed, costs, suitable site, sound information sources, etc.

The webinar recording is now available at https://bibba.com/webinars (under the Recordings section). You can also see upcoming webinars listed there.

Photo by Kai Wenzel on Unsplash

Beekeeping Courses at Duchy College, Rosewarne

1. Basic Bee Keeping Part 1 – September 2022

The Basic Bee Keeping Part 1 is a 2 term course of 36 hours providing a grounding in beekeeping. This course aims to get you started before getting your bees.

The course is an excellent grounding for those wishing to keep bees and involves lectures, practical demonstrations, sharing of experiences along with answers to those unsure of whether to keep bees or not. All teaching takes place at Rosewarne where West Cornwall Beekeepers Association has an outdoor apiary.

2. Beekeeping Introduction (Part 2)

This course is the second and final part of the Bee Keeping Introduction course. It is a follow on for those who have completed part 1 and have at least 1 year’s experience of keeping bees.

For more information on the courses run at Duchy College, see their Beekeeping Introduction course information at https://www.duchy.ac.uk/courses/bee-keeping-introduction/ or email enquiries@cornwall.ac.uk.

Frame of honey bees by Bianca Ackermann

The Cornish Black Bees Company

Beginner’s Basics course – This day is aimed at those who are about to start beekeeping.

The aim is to provide clear information to assist potential beekeepers in making the right decisions. As well as the opportunity for hands on experience, topics discussed will include:

– Types of beekeeper, hives and strain of bee.
– Honey bee lifecycles and roles.
– Bee health and threats.
– Beekeeping requirements and responsibilities.
– Start up considerations, including essential equipment, timing, where to find help, costs and the issues with second hand equipment.
– Next steps.

Please visit cornishblackbee.co.uk for booking information.

Bees returning to their hive