Don’t rush into getting a colony of bees before you are ready. If you want to be a custodian of live bees you owe it to them (and yourself) to have the right knowledge and experience.
The Association does not offer training courses but non-members are welcome to come along to one of our open inspection sessions and get a taste of what beekeeping is about. You can join us when an experienced beekeeper works with the bees during the part of the year when they are most active. The sessions give an insight into the beekeeper’s year… along with its puzzles and solutions. Sessions take place at the Association’s apiary during the spring and the summer. Protective clothing is provided. Look on our events calendar for the dates and times of our Open Apiary sessions.
If you then think beekeeping is for you we suggest you get some formal training. There are local organizations that offer beekeeping courses and these include:
You will need to book early with all of these, as places are limited.
The nature of beekeeping is that a lot of learning is self-guided. This is partly because associations cannot offer to be on call to work with people’s bees: members have other commitments and their own bees to work with. However by joining an association before you have any bees, you have the opportunity to network and:
Beekeeping can be satisfying and rewarding:
By joining Wokingham and District Beekeepers Association (W&DBKA) as an Association Friend or Full Member you can get involved and work with OUR bees until you are ready for your own. Click here to find out more about joining.
PLEASE NOTE: Anyone who is interested in becoming a beekeeper should first find out if they are allergic to bee stings. You can still go ahead and learn about beekeeping if you are allergic, but of course you are going to have to take special precautions and be much more careful when you are dealing with the bees.