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Beginners Course

Now that you have attended one of our taster sessions and you want to  learn a whole lot more before you get your own bees then this is the course for you.


The beginners course is held each year beginning in February and is comprised of:

    8 weekly 2 hour classes on the theory of beekeeping
    7 apiary sessions (out of a possible 10) to gain practical experience 

Course fee £175.00 (for the 2020 intake) in addition to Membership of GBKCIO.

The evening classes are held in Usk 7pm to 9pm. Apiary sessions will be held at one of our two apiary sites either at  Rhadyr near Usk or our new site (TBA) usually on a weekend afternoon or early on a Tuesday evening.

There is a lot to be done in an apiary during the season so there will be a large number of apiary sessions of which you will be welcome to help out so that you'll have no trouble meeting the required minimum of seven sessions to qualify completing the course.

Details of locations and schedules will be sent out nearer the time.

Here are just some of the topics that will be covered in the class room studies:


In the apiary session you'll get the opportunity to put into practice what you have learnt in the class room under the supervision of a senior beekeeper working with a mentor. Here are just some of the practices and skills you'll learn:


If you are interested in more details about this course then please send an email to Peter the secretary


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