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. 

Winter Beekeeping Courses 
No courses currently scheduled due to the Covid-19 pandemic
There is no need to stop thinking about bees during the winter! 

In the Spring Rob Philpott may be running a six week Beginners’ Course. If you are very new to the craft or have got bees but have never been on a course this is the course for you. 
Contact Rob Philpott:
Application Form and more info: click here

For those of you who have keep bees for two seasons with the winter in between, now is the time to think about doing the Basic Beekeeping Exam. The course is run by Mary Hill. It is a practical and verbal exam., no written work at all. You will learn some things you have not bothered about before and add to those you already know. It is essential if you hope to sit modules later. 
Contact Jackie Thomas, Training Secretary

Workshops for Beekeepers
The Bee Barn, Highland Court Farm, Bridge. CT4 5HN
Presented by Patrick K Murfet,
Holder of General certificate in Beekeeping Husbandry.



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.