BeeCraft have produced a great infographic to represent the structure of the BBKA Examination paths.
Feel free to download it and use as a referenence for your own route to a deeper understanding of beekeeping.
Tim Riggs explains why gardeners need to protect pollinating insects, and suggests how.
One of the dreamy delights of a garden is the sound of buzzing insects as they move from flower to flower, gorging on nectar and transferring or collecting pollen. If we like to save our own seed, or wish to encourage self-seeding, these pollinators are welcome agents of fertilisation, and of course they pollinate our apples, pears, plums and raspberries, but whether we benefit directly or not, we can enjoy their presence. A garden devoid of bees, hoverflies and butterflies is unthinkable.
There are numerous good sites offering sound advice about how to source your first bees.
This is simple sound advice and can be expanded on by further reading.
You can ask other bee keepers, but remember the old adage if you ask three experienced beekeepers the same question you will get at least 5 answers.
Obviously you have to start with one. You could buy 2 lots of bees or get two nuclei.
It is important to go steadily – doing too much at the start it is often easy to get carried away at start.
Having started with one colony. First lesson:
Beginners equipment: What do you need and how to source.
It depends what you want. Also how much you want to spend.
The first lesson is :