Rugby beekeepers offer an introduction to beekeeping course each year. 

Many of those who have attended have continued their interest and become beekeepers, which is terrific, but not essential. There are those who simply want to know more.

We welcome all comers for whatever their reason.

The course is run over two weekends, generally in February or March and is timed to give those who have taken the course a chance to decide whether or not to start to keep bees and purchase necessary equipment before the season gets underway.

2019's course has now finished - New applications will be allocated to 2020's course.

It is a broad brush approach covering all the main topics in sufficient depth to allow an understanding of what the hobby will entail but it will necessarily leave a lot of reading to the individual to fully understand more than just the basics.

It will cover a little history, necessary equipment, practical information regarding how to take care of the bees, diseases and how we deal with them.

The course is run by several members of Rugby beekeepers, all of whom are available to discuss aspects of the subject, share experiences and enthusiasm.

As part of the course we offer practical support and mentorship to all those who choose to become beekeepers.

We have a branch apiary where hands on experience and confidence can be gained throughout the summer months.

The course also includes lunch, refreshments and honey cakes cooked by our members. In addition, the charge also covers an excellent basic manual, notebook and pen and continued support throughout the year.

Please click here to register your interest.

Click here to download the 2019 course flyer.


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  • Email Issues
    23 May 2019
    Please be aware we are currently experiencing issues with emails to nbu@apha.gov.uk

    In the interim, please direct email correspondence to nbuoffice@apha.gov.uk

    We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
  • Swarms of honeybees
    15 May 2019
    The National Bee Unit has been receiving a large amount of calls regarding honey bee swarms. Please note that we do not deal with swarms, however, you may find the following advice useful in re-directing your enquiry:

    First of all it is important to establish what sort of insect it is. Usually, beekeepers are only willing to assist with honey bees. The British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) website holds list of volunteer Swarm Collectors and has a very useful identification and guidance page.
  • E-Learning Module - Technical Issues
    09 May 2019
    Please note we are experiencing technical issues with our online e-learning courses.

    This has been reported to IT and is under investigation.

    Please accept our apologies for this and we will advise when they are back up and running.