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.