Beginners Beekeeping Course+Membership 2024



S.K.B.A. Membership Includes

  • Membership of Irish Beekeepers Association (IBA)
  • Beekeeping Insurance
  • Access to discounted Tamperproof labels
  • Online magazine with articles and informative videos
  • Monthly Newsletter
  • Education system/online lectures for members and beginners
  • Equipment like honey extractors are accessible to members
  • Books from the library are available to all members on a monthly basis
  • Discounted Bee Craft magazine
  • Annual quiz with prizes

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After initial payment you will be charged every year on 1st December automatically for 5 year.
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Beginners Beekeeping Course 2024

An Introduction to the fascinating craft of beekeeping with lectures, demonstrations and hands-on experience with honeybees.

Our Beekeeping Beginners Course for 2024 will be held in Athy and starts on 14th February 2024 through to April with lectures.
May through to August with Practical visits to our Association bee hives and finishes with Honey Extraction in August 2024.

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Beekeeping Beginners Course

Starts Wednesday 14th February, 2024 at 7:30PM
in the Church of Ireland Centre, Athy, Co Kildare.

Six lectures and additional practical sessions with experienced beekeepers, covering all aspects of beekeeping: All sessions are on Wednesdays, 7.30pm-9.00pm.

• 14th February Welcome, introduction. The Colony
• 21st February Beekeeping equipment and clothing
• 28th February Disease - Healthy Bees
• 6th March Monthly club meeting
• 13th March Swarm Control
• 20th March Forage
• 27th March A Year in the Apiary
• 3rd April Monthly club meeting
• 10th April: Practical workshop. Frame Making and Smoker use.
Beekeeping Supplies Company presentation.

Additional practical sessions in the summer will include a visit to the club apiary
and honey harvesting/extraction.

Enrol and pay online. Places limited

​The course will continue when the weather is suitable at the Association apiary where beginners will get  hands on experience with bees under the watchful eyes of  club beekeepers. Dates and times for these sessions will be confirmed at club meetings. During August we will hold extraction night, when the club beehives are harvested for honey and beginners are invited to take part in the practical session on honey removal, extraction, and processing. Beginners under 18 years if age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times (lectures and workshops).