Have you thought about taking any of the

 British Beekeepers Association written and practical exams?

 If you are not sure, go to

and you will find all the information you need on each syllabus. Once you have decided to take an exam - and every beekeeper must start with the Basic Assessment - simply complete an application form and send it to Jackie Thomas, our Training Secretary and she will get the ball rolling. 

DDBKA Beginners Training - An introduction to beekeeping
This will take place in 2022, before the active season starts, aimed at beekeepers with less than 12 months’ experience & people considering taking up beekeeping.
Classes every Monday from 7th February till 14th March 2022, 7pm to 9pm. The content will be delivered via Zoom & the course content can be seen by contacting Jackie  
The cost will be £35, including a group practical session [participants providing their own beesuit, gloves & suitable footwear]. Limited to 10 participants, enrol soon spaces are filling!

An introduction to beekeepinge
Tutor: Sue Kittle, member of Dover and District BKA [DDBKA]
Holder of: Advanced Theory certificate, General certificate in Beekeeping Husbandry, Certificate in Microscopy
Location: Goodnestone Village Hall, The Street,  Goodnestone   CT3 1PQ
Thursday evenings, 6:30 - 8:30   Starting March 3rd 2022
Dates: March 3rd, 10th, 17th,24th, 31st and April 7th
The course will have 6 indoor sessions and one outdoor practical session on a weekend to be arranged. Cost £50.00
The course is designed for potential new beekeepers, novice beekeepers and people with an interest in beekeeping. 
For further information and application form, please contact:
Sue Kittle 07875 655008,



BEE BASE e-Learning

The NBU would like to announce that its eLearning programme for beekeepers is now live and ready for use. The first module ‘Honey Bee Pests, Diseases and Viruses’ covers six main topics; Exotic Threats, Foulbrood, Varroa, Adult Bee Diseases and Viruses, Other Brood Disorders and Other Pests. To access this free and exciting platform, you will need to log into BeeBase where you will find an eLearning link to the left hand side of the navigation panel. When clicking on this, you will be re-directed to the eLearning platform where you can access the content. Like all of our material, the aim of the module is to provide you with a good understanding of the issues that might affect colony health. It will be available on most mobile devices and tablets, although you will need to make sure that your web browser is up to date, otherwise you may experience compatibility issues with some of the content.
We would encourage all beekeepers to use this tool to aid their own personal development and as always, would welcome any feedback on the platform.

Lectures given at the National Honey Show in Oct/Nov 2015, available for the first time for people who were not able to be there.
Partly funded by the National Honey Show, and partly with National Lottery Funding, we were able to produce top quality videos of some of the lectures. The first two of these, ‘The Sustainable Apiary’ by Mike Palmer, and ‘Origins and Evolutionary History of the Honey Bee’ by Robert Paxton are now available to view on YouTube: and respectively.
Dougal Hendry recommends a YouTube lecture by Professor Dave Goulson on bees [mostly bumbles, but very interesting] 

Dave Rawling recommends this TED talk - Anand Varma: A thrilling look at the first 21 days of a bee’s life Lots to look at over the autumn season, stunning photography.