Introduction to beekeeping

Would you like to become a beekeeper? Are you interested in what honey bees need?

Come and find out more including:

  • what bees need
  • some key choices for beekeepers
  • a beginner’s guide to keeping bees through the year
  • main beekeeping pests and diseases
  • some key products from the hive
  • a practical session with the bees

To find out more contact Louise Evans on 01489 781155 or by email
or at Meridian Beekeepers’ Association website

There are 2 options:

Date Monday 6 January to 10 February then 2 March (7 sessions) 2020 and a practical session, date TBA
Time 7.15-9.15pm. weekly
Cost £95
Venue Curdridge Reading Rooms, Reading Room Lane, Curdridge, Southampton SO32 2HF
   
Date Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 March then 25 April 2020
Time 9.45-4 pm.
Cost £95
Venue Curdridge Reading Rooms, Reading Room Lane, Curdridge, Southampton SO32 2HF

What have students said about the course?
‘excellent course- Informative and with humour and honesty- very keen for the next step’
‘Great teacher- very engaging! : lots of information – could course be slightly longer?’
‘brilliant’
‘Thank you for re-energising me with my beekeeping’
‘I look at dandelions in lawns with new eyes’

BBKA General Husbandry Assessment

Have you been beekeeping for 3 years and passed your Basic Assessment? If so, you may want to consider the General Husbandry Certificate.

This assessment is designed for beekeepers who prefer the practical approach rather than the written examinations. On the day, your assessment is conducted by two BBKA Assessors and consists of:

  • inspection of the candidate’s apiary, equipment and honey handling equipment
  • Manipulation of one or more colonies of the candidate’s bees
  • Demonstration of a method of selective queen rearing

To apply for the assessment, complete the Application Form and send it with the Fee to your Area Examination Secretary.

The BBKA Examination Secretary will contact you with your assessment details.

Download your General Husbandry Guidelines and Assessment Syllabus from the BBKA website.

Beekeeping Courses for Beginners

Local beekeeping associations in Hampshire such as those listed below offer courses to those who are interested in beekeeping. Some offer a series of evening classes through winter, others a 2-day weekend in spring or early summer, or a single day ‘taster’. Some now offer online courses with additional practical support.

Most attendees will go on to keep bees but the courses can also be of interest to those who wish to learn more about honey bees. We strongly advise that anyone who wishes to start keeping bees attends a structured course to learn the basics.

Additional local information can be found on the associations’ websites; please click here for links to local associations.

For intermediate and advanced training offered by Hampshire associations, please CLICK HERE.

Andover Basingstoke Fareham
Fleet Meon Valley (theory) Meon Valley (practical)
Meon Valley (taster day) Meridian New Forest
Petersfield Portsmouth Romsey (beginners)
Romsey (taster day) Southampton Southwest Hampshire
Winchester
Andover BKA Beginners’ Beekeeping Course 2022
Start and duration: Starting Tuesday 11th January, running for 8 weeks from 7.30pm then practical sessions during the season
Venue: Picket Piece Village Hall
Cost: £60 including a beekeeping book for homework and a hive tool
All you need to bring is a notepad and pencil
Website and contact: Please click here for more details or to register

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Basingstoke BKA Introduction to Beekeeping course 2022
Start and duration: To be advised
Venue: To be advised
Cost: To be advised
We run an exciting introductory course each year for those in the Basingstoke and surrounding areas to learn how to get started as a beekeeper. It is an informal, non-examination course where no previous knowledge or experience is required and there is no obligation to join the Association.
Website and contact: Please click here for more details or to register

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Fareham & District BKA Beekeeping Course 2022
Start and duration: January 2022
Venue: To be advised
Cost: £75
The course consists of 6 theory classes and a pracitcal session.
Website and contact: Click here for more details or to register

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Fleet BKA Beginner Training 2022
Start and duration: To be advised
Venue: To be advised
Cost: To be advised
We expect our course to start in spring 2022 with theory sessions in March and April followed by practical training.
Website and contact: Please click here for more details or to register

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Meon Valley Beginners’ Theory Course 2022
Start and duration: Tuesday 8 February for eight weeks
Venue: The first session will be held at Warnford Village Hall (SO32 3LB); sessions 2 – 6 will be held via Zoom
Cost: £100
We record the Zoom sessions so members can catch up if they miss a session. Session seven is held again at Warnford and session eight is at the association apiary when we introduce them to the bees and demonstrate essential skills such as lighting a smoker.
Website and contact: Please click here for more details or to register

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Meon Valley Beginners’ Practical Course 2022
Start and duration: Last week end April/first week end May (weather dependent)
Venue: The association apiary
Cost: £100
The course is held every two weeks, either on a Saturday or Sunday depending on other activities the association is involved in, throughout the season ending with a session about cleaning kit in November.
Website and contact: Contact Jean Frost (Training Team Leader)

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Meon Valley Taster Day 2022
Start and duration: Sunday 12 June
Venue: East Meon Village Hall
Cost: £85
A talk about bees and beekeeping is followed by a picnic lunch at the association apiary in East Meon. After lunch we open hives and have a general discussion about the type of hives, what is inside and general information about the bees.. We have bee suits that we can loan. We end with a Q & A session with tea and cake.
Website and contact: Click here for more details or to register

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Meridian BKA Beekeeping Course 2022
Start and duration: Wednesday 12th January 2022 for 7 weeks, followed by practical sessions
Venue: Curdridge Reading Rooms, Reading Room Lane, Curdridge, Southampton SO32 2HF
Cost: £110
Website and contact: Click here for more details or to register

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New Forest and District Beekeepers Association Introduction to Beekeeping for Beginners Course 2022
Start and duration: To be advised
Venue: To be advised
Cost: To be advised
Our course is intended for anybody who is thinking of starting beekeeping or for those who have started beekeeping and are looking after their first colony of bees. The course also includes the opportunity for hands on practice at the association’s apiary.
Topics covered include: Beekeeping best practice, good hygiene practices, swarm management and disease recognition, equipment needed for both bees and beekeeper.
Website and contact: Please click here for more details

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Petersfield BKA Beginners’ Course 2022
Start and duration: Sundays in February and March at 14:30, for 4 weekly sessions
Venue: To be advised
Cost: The first session is free; then £40 which includes membership of the association
The first of the 4 sessions in our beginners’ course is a free taster session. Training continues in the apiary from spring
Website and contact: Please click here for more details or email petersfieldbees@gmail.com to book a place

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Portsmouth BKA Beekeeping Course 2022
Start and duration: January 2022 for 8 weeks
Venue: Portchester Community Centre
Cost: £60
The aim is to provide the theoretical knowledge required to safely manage honey bee colonies.
Website and contact: Please email for more details or to register

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Romsey & District BKA Beginners’ Course 2022
Start and duration: Any time up till the end of June. Start and learn at your own pace. We will support you while you learn regardless of when you choose to start
Venue: Online (multi-media) and later at Awbridge Village Hall
Cost: To be advised. Cost includes materials and a full day for practical work including a visit to the bees
This course aims to provide newcomers to the craft of beekeeping with enough knowledge to start this season. It consists of a dozen online modules created by our expert members covering theory, available online so that you can choose your time for watching. We hold live Zoom Q&A sessions with the tutors from mid-March to mid-May. It also includes a package of reading material and a full practical day with a visit to the bees, with the opportunity to attend further practical sessions through the bees’ active season. You are encouraged to learn at your own pace and will be supported throughout the course and your start in beekeeping
Website and contact: Please click here for additional information, and how to enrol

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Romsey & District BKA Taster Day 2022
Start and duration: To be advised – one day towards the middle or end of summer
Venue: Awbridge Village Hall
Cost: To be advised
While we advise anyone who intends to keep bees to enrol on a beginners’ course, this one-day event will provide an introduction for those who would like to know more about honey bees and beekeeping before taking that step.
Website and contact: Please click here for additional information, and how to enrol

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Southampton & District Beekeepers’ Association Beginners’ Course 2022
Start and duration: March 2022
Venue: Online
Cost: To be advised
We will be running a beginners’ course in 2022. Please contact us for details
Website and contact: Please click here for latest announcements

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South-West Hampshire Beginners’ Course 2022
Start and duration: Mid-March at 7:30 p.m. for 7 weekly sessions, then 4 weekly session in the apiary (weather etc permitting)
Venue: Brockenhurst Village Hall, S)42 7RY
Cost: Cost £100 including full SWHB, BBKA & HBA membership, or £80 including Associate SWHB membership only
Our beginners course is perfect for both non-beekeepers and those who started beekeeping in the last 12 months.
Each evening class covers a different aspect of beekeeping to give you a strong start.
Website and contact: Please click here for more details

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Winchester BKA Beekeeping Course 2022
Start and duration: Saturday 19th March 2022 10:00-4:00
Venue: Itchen Abbas Village Hall
Cost: £25
If you are interested in keeping honeybees, we offer an informal one day classroom based course: Beekeeping for Absolute Beginners. This course is ideal for anyone who has an interest in bees and starting beekeeping and aims to help you decide whether beekeeping is right for you.
Website and contact: Please click here for more details or to register

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BBKA Modules and Assessments – Applications

The British Beekeepers’ Association (BBKA) runs a varied education programme leading to a range of examinations in apiculture.
All applications for BBKA practical assessments and modular exams must now be made online.
For an application form, please contact Jean Frost (HBA Education Co-ordinator) at jeanterry@uwclub.net.
Please note that paper application forms are no longer available. Payment for the exams and assessments can be made at the same time as an application.
For information about closing dates and cost of exams and assessments see below. This table and more information can be accessed via the Members Section of the BBKA website.

Important: Please read the important notes about November 2021 module entry that follow this table.

EXAMINATION/
ASSESSMENT
FEE CLOSING DATE NOTES (also see appropriate syllabus
JUNIOR £5 As Basic Certificate Aged under 18 only in small groups
BASIC £20 1 month prior to taking the assessment May be held at any suitable apiary.
Normally small group of candidates examined on same day.
Last Assessment 31st August
MODULES £30 each 31st January
30th September
ALL MODULES held on 24 April 2021
ALL MODULES held on 13th November 2021
BEE HEALTH CERTIFICATE £40 28th February Must hold Basic Certificate.
May be held at any suitable apiary.
Normally small group of candidates examined on same day.
Last Assessment 31st July
BEE BREEDING CERTIFICATE £80 28th February Must hold Basic Certificate.
Held at apiary of Candidate
GENERAL CERTIFICATE in BEEKEEPING HUSBANDRY £80 28th February Must hold Basic Certificate.
Held at apiary of Candidate
ADVANCED CERTIFICATE in BEEKEEPING HUSBANDRY £120 28th February Must hold General Certificate in Beekeeping Husbandry.
To be held at Stoneleigh on 28/29/30 May 2021 and 11/12/13 June 2021 depending on numbers
SHOW JUDGE £40 N/A Must hold Basic Certificate. See entry requirements in Prospectus
MICROSCOPY £60 31st August Must hold Basic Certificate. To be held at various venues 20th/21st November 2021 plus other dates as required
Important Notes about the Module Exams to be taken on 13th November 2021

BBKA will be running the online modules simultaneously with written modules. Candidates will be sitting the same exam on the same day regardless of which they option they choose.

The final day for entry for the November Modules is 30th September. The new EXA system will not accept entries beyond this date.

Shortly after this date BBKA will require the online candidates to complete an online registration. Candidates will have a couple of weeks to do so. This method is instead of the mock exam weekend BBKA ran in March 2021 and is needed to check that each candidate has a suitable computer and that the software is installed and working.
There will still be a mock exam available on the website.

BBKA has updated the FAQs on their website to include details of the computer systems that are suitable. The list has been reduced because some systems proved hard for BBKA to support and for candidates to use.

BBKA will be running the online and written exams in parallel for the first time so candidates are requested to patient with questions that need answering and also check out the FAQs on the BBKA website.

Please note: all candidates need to email Jean Frost at jeanterry@uwclub.net. Jean is HBA’s Education co-ordinator and will send an invitation to apply to take a module.

Invitations come pre-populated with the candidate’s details so each candidate needs to complete a form. This means that two candidates cannot share a form. However, candidates can apply to take more than one module on the form so do not need to complete more than one form.

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Cancellations (from 3rd April 2021):
  1. Cancellations can be made up to 1 calendar month before the exam or assessment. An administration charge of £10 will be deducted from the refunded fee
  2. There will be no refund if cancellation is within one month of the exam or assessment

The BBKA website has the syllabi for all exams and assessments and details of all charges and closing dates.

Within Hampshire Beekeepers’ Association we facilitate local training towards the Basic, General Husbandry and other Assessments for our members, often in conjunction with other local associations, and these may be listed on this website as ‘Upcoming events’ or on our page for Further Training.
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Library Service

History

The Library was founded in 1884 with just 25 items listed in its catalogue and, thanks to new acquisitions, bequests and donations, it prospered and was keenly used. In 1961, in recognition of great service to the Association the library’s title became ‘The H.P. Young Memorial Library’. Later, with the permanent loan of Frank Vernon’s slide collection and the addition of videos and tapes to the library, the “Frank Vernon Audio Visual Library” became part of HBA’s library.

Now the library is home to over 800 volumes relating to bees and beekeeping together with collections of periodicals, lecture transcripts, monographs, government publications, audio visual material and historic archive material relating to beekeeping in Hampshire. There are also sections containing bee books for children, honey cookery books and even bee- themed fiction has a place.

Location

Over the years the library has had a number of ‘homes’, but since 2015 it has been housed at The Sustainability Centre, Droxford Road, East Meon, GU32 1HR (see link below).

Contact

The Library Room at the Sustainability Centre is usually open every Wednesday from 2pm to 6pm but arrangements can be made to visit at other times. The librarian, Avril Tillman, can be contacted on 01329 286839 or 07804 819443 or email djtillman3@outlook.com.

The Library Room, although small, does offer facilities for private study and research. In cases of difficulty visiting the Library Room, and if you know what books you are interested in, arrangements can be made with the Librarian for delivery or collection at meetings or via other members.

Current Catalogue

Library rules

The Sustainability Centre, East Meon

Taking BBKA Assessments and Modules

BBKA (British Beekeepers’ Association) has a structured set of assessments and exams. The entry-point is “The Basic“. The syllabus may look frightening at first sight, but a beekeeper with a couple of years’ experience should be able to tick most of the items quickly. Your association education secretary will help you to fill in any gaps. The assessment is at a local apiary (not yours) and the assessor will watch as you inspect the bees just as you would with your own, asking a few questions along the way. A short question and answer session follows. It’s a basic test of your competence, not to catch you out but to allow you to prove that you can handle bees effectively.

So far, so good. The Basic is almost intuitive, and does not involve written tests. However, the next step is to embark on “the BBKA written Modules” “The Modules“and it’s here that you are asked to step back into books, to study and to write.

Module 1 (Honey bee Management) is the place to start; you could consider it to be the “Advanced Basic”. This module takes you into the nooks and crannies of fundamental beekeeping – selecting a hive, selecting an apiary site, hygiene, swarming, nuclei, drifting, robbing and so much more. The hardest part of this is recovering the ability to write for 90 minutes – the length of the written exam. We just don’t do it nowadays! You gain because it forces you to widen your knowledge so that you can begin to recognise things that go wrong well ahead of time and will be able to avert disaster more often. Without having a learning target, it’s too easy to restrict knowledge to what you see on a day-to-day basis.

There are 7 Modules in all, as well as further practical examinations; the General Husbandry, Advanced Husbandry, Microscopy, Show Judge, Honey Bee Breeding, Honey Bee Health, and – at the end of the trail, for the revered few who make it – the Master Beekeeper.

However, if you only take The Basic, you will have proved that you are a competent beekeeper; if you add Module 1 to that, you will have proved that you are a very competent beekeeper.  Module 3 (Honey bee Pests, Diseases and Poisoning) is a hugely important one given the changes in beekeeping over recent years.

The important starting point for each module or assessment is to read and understand the syllabus. You must then invest some time to study and learn; the knowledge gained will not go amiss. Correspondence courses are available from the BBKA website, your association education secretary will be able to help, and if you can get together with others to form a small study group you will find that the shared knowledge and encouragement pulls you through the moments of self-doubt.
So … if you remember promising to yourself many years ago that you will never take another exam, think about the benefits to yourself and to your bees about breaking that promise. Ask your association education secretary how to make a start.

DATES FOR BBKA MODULE EXAMINATIONS

Examinations for Modules are normally held twice each year, normally in on a Saturday morning in March and in November.
However, because of Covid restrictions currently in place, changes are being made to both the dates of the exams in 2021 and methods for taking them. Please check the BBKA website for more information about exams in 2021.

Rules for Use of the Library

  1. The Library is the property of Hampshire Beekeepers’ Association and is normally managed by the Library Committee comprising the Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer and Librarian. The Executive may appoint additional members when deemed necessary.
  2. The Library Committee will meet annually and at other times when deemed necessary.
  3. Borrowing of any item is free of charge but is restricted to full members of the District Associations affiliated to HBA.
  4. Borrowers are required to sign the library records in respect of each item borrowed. Normally no more than 4 items may be on loan to a member at any one time.
  5. The period of loan is usually 2 months but this may be reduced if there is heavy demand for a particular item.
  6. Items from the library MUST NOT be returned by post.
  7. Borrowers are responsible for the safe return of all library material. The borrower is entirely responsible for the replacement cost of any lost or damaged items.
  8. Borrowers must not pass on any Library item to another borrower without the permission of the Librarian. Where permission is granted the ‘new borrower’ must contact the Librarian prior to him/her receiving the item in order that the library records may be updated.
  9. Rare, valuable or very fragile items may only be consulted in the Library.

Library Books

Borrowing Books – Rules

HBA Library Books available to borrow
Author Title
A.E.S Hymenopterist’s Handbook
ABBOTT Me and the Bee
ABBOTT Queen Breeding for Amateurs
ABERCROMBIE A Dictionary of Biology
ADAM In Search of the Best Strains of Bees
ADAM Beekeeping at Buckfast Abbey
ADAM Breeding the Honeybee
ADEY & WALKER Pest Control safe for Bees
AEBI Art & Adventure of Beekeeping
AEBI Mastering the Art of Beekeeping Volume 2
AGR. EXP.STATION Biology & External Morphology of Bees
AHLBERG Mr Buzz the Beeman
ALBRECHT Discourse on Bee Culture [Latin text]
ALBRECHT/VERNON Discourse on Bee Culture [English translation]
ALFORD Bumble Bees
ALFORD Insect Atlas of the British Isles Part 3 Bumble Bees
ALFORD Life of the Bumble Bee
ALLEN Beekeeping with 20 Hives
ALSTON Skeps: Their History, Making and Use
ALSTON Hives and Honeybees in Signs and Symbols
ALTHEA About Bees & Honey
ANDREWES Lives of Wasps and Bees
ANDREWS Mead and Mead Making
ANON Potpourri & Other Fragrant Compounds & Recipes
APIMONDIA Genetics selection & reprod. of the honeybee
APIMONDIA Complete text of 21st Congress – Maryland USA
APIMONDIA Hive Products: food; health & beauty
APIMONDIA Varroasis – Honeybee Disease
APIMONDIA Propolis
APIS CLUB (BETTS) Diseases of Bees
ARMITT Beekeeping for Recreation & Profit
ATKINSON Background to Beekeeping
B.B.K.A Modern Beekeeping
B.B.K.A Honeybee Anatomy
B.B.K.A Bees in the Curriculum
BAILEY Infectious diseases of the Honeybee
BAILEY Honeybee Pathology
BARRATT Whole-time Beekeeping
BARTHOLOMEUS Bestiary Book XII – with translation
BASTIN Insect Communities
BATES Introduction to Bee Houses
BECK Honey and Your Health
BECKLEY Keeping Bees
BEECH  (ED) Home-made Wines  Syrups & Cordials
BENBOW The Urban Beekeeper
BENJAMIN & McCALLUM A World without Bees
BENT Swarm Control Survey
BERTHOLD Beeswax Crafting
BETTS Diseases of Bees
BETTS Practical Bee Anatomy
BIELBY Home Honey Production
BONNEY Hive Management A Seasonal Guide
BORD Honey – Natural Food and Healer
BOWEN Bees Illustrated Part 1 Outline of Swarm Prevention
BREKELMANS Skep Making
BRETT Honey from your Garden
BRIAN Social Insect Populations
BROWN Beeswax
BROWN 1000 years of Devon Beekeeping
BROWN A Simple 2-Queen System
BROWN Great Masters of Beekeeping
BROWN A Bee Melody
BUCHSBAUM Animals Without Backbones- Vol 1
BUCHSBAUM Animals Without Backbones- Vol 2
BUCKLE Do you know about Honeybees?
BUTLER Honeybee
BUTLER World of the Honeybee
BUTLER The World of the Honetbee
BUZZARD Shining Hours
CALDER Oilseed Rape and Bees
CALDER Recipes using Beeswax
CALDER Honey Favourites
CALDER Health from Honey
CAMPBELL Harry’s Bee
CANADA A Canadian Honey Recipe Book
CARON Africanised Honey Bees in the Americas
CARSON Silent Spring
CARTER Hive Bee
CARTER Bees & Honey
CARTLAND Magic of Honey
CHAPMAN Honeybee and her Master
CHAPMAN Constructive Beekeeping
CHAPMAN The Bee Shelter at Hartpury
CHARLES Somerset Beekeepers & Beekeeping Assoc a history 1875-2005
CHAUVIN The World of an Insect
CHEESEMAN Insects Indomitable
CHESHIRE Practical Beekeeping
CLARK Beekeeping
CLEMENTS A.W.Gale; The Man and the Business
COMSTOCK Introduction to Entomology
CONNOR (ED) Asian Apiculture
COOK Queen Rearing Simplified
COOPER Honeybees of the British Isles
COTTON Manual of N.Z. Beekeeping
COUSTON Principles of Practical Beekeeping
COWAN Beneficial..Pollination of Fruit by Bees
COWAN Waxcraft
CRANE Dictionary of Beekeep’g Terms [Eng/Fr/Gmn/Dut/Lat]
CRANE Book of Honey
CRANE Honey
CRANE The Archeology of Beekeeping
CRANE Bees & Beekeeping
CRANE World History of Beekeeping
CRANE The Archeology of Beekeeping
CRANE Dictionary of Beekeep’g Terms [Eng/Fr/Gmn/Dut/Lat]
CRANE & WALKER Impact of Pest Management on bees & pollination
CRIBB Beekeeping That Pays
CROFT Curiosities of Beeeeping
CROMPTON The Hive
CROMPTON The Hunting Wasp
CROWDER The Flying Nation
CURRY, GRAYSON & HOSEY Under the Microscope
D.A.R.G Living with Varroasis Jacobsoni
DADANT Dadant Systems of Beekeeping
DADANT First Lessons in Beekeeping
DADANT Beekeeping Questions and Answers
DADE Laboratory Diagnosis of Honeybee Diseases
DADE Anatomy & Dissection of the Honeybee
DALBY Honey Recipes for Microwave Cookery
DALLAS Elements of Entomology
DARWIN Origin of the Species
DAVIES The Honeybee inside out
DAVIS Beekeeping in the Swarming Season
DEANS Beekeeping Techniques
DEANS Bees & Beekeeping
DEANS Beekeeper’s Encyclopedia
DELAPLANE & MAYER Crop Pollination by Bees
DENNIS Background to Mead Making
DEWS & MILNER Breeding Better Bees
DIEMER Bees and Beekeeping
DINES Honeybees from Close-Up
DODD Bee Masters of the Past
DOERING A Bee is Born
DOOLITTLE Management of Out-Apiaries
DOOLITTLE Scientific Queen Rearing
DUBLON Practical Queen Rearing
DUFFIN  (ET AL.) Beeswax Crafts
DUGAT The Skyscraper Hive
DUMMELOW The Wax Chandlers of London
DUNNING The Key of the Hive
ECKERT & SHAW Beekeeping
EDWARDES Lore of the Honeybee
EDWARDES Beekeeping for All A Manual of Honey Craft
EDWARDES Beemaster of Warrilow
EDWARDES Apiary Hygiene
EDWARDES Beekeeping for All A Manual of Honey Craft
EDWARDS Social Wasps
EDWARDS & WRATTEN Ecology of Insect-Plant Interactions
ELLIS Sweetness and Light
ELTRINGHAM Senses of Insects
ERICKSON (ET AL) Scanning Electron Microscope Atlas of Honeybees
ERITH White Clover
EVRARD Mystery of the Hive
FABRE Wonders of Instinct
FABRE Mason Bees
FABRE Bramble Bees
FATIGATI BZZZ A Bee Keepers Primer
FELTWELL Beekeeping
FIELD Honey by the Ton
FLOWER Beekeeping Up-to-Date
FORD Mendelism and Evolution
FOSTER Close-up of a Honeybee
FOSTER Bee Boles & Bee Houses
FRANCON Mind of the Bees
FRASER History of Beekeeping in Britain
FRASER Anton Janscha on the Swarming of Bees
FRASER Beekeeping in Antiquity
FREE Honeybees
FREE Honeybee Biology
FREE Bees and Mankind
FREE (ED) Keeping Bees
FRIMSTON & SMITH Beekeeping and the Law
FRISCH A Biologist Remembers
FRISCH The Dancing Bees
FRISCH The Dances of the Honeybee
FRISCH Bees: Their Vision; Chemical Senses & Language
FRISCH The Dance Language and Orientation of Bees
FURNESS Honey Wines and Beers
GALTON Survey of 1000 years of Beekeeping in Russia
GAMBLE Beekeeping [YFC]
GAMBLE A Smallholder Broadcasts
GAYRE Wassail in Mazers of Mead
GAYRE Brewing Mead- Wassail in Mazers of Mead
GEARY Profitable Beekeeping
GEARY A Beekeeper’s Vade-Mecum
GEORGE The Beekeepers Pupil
GIBB & HARMAN Bee Hive to Beekeeper
GIBB & HARMAN Bee Space to Bee Hive
GILMAN Practical Bee Breeding
GOODMAN & FISHER The Behaviour & Physiology of Bees
GOULD The Honey Bee
GRAHAM The Hive and the Honeybee
GREE Little Tom finds out about Bees
GREEN The Oilseed Rape Book
GREGG Philosophy and Practice of Beekeeping
GROUT The Hive and the Honeybee
GUNSTON The Farmers & Farm Students Handbook
H & IOW BKA Jubilee Report
Halifax BKA Yorkshire Honey Cookbook
HAMILTON The Art of Beekeeping
HANSEN Honeybee Brood Diseases
HARLAND Wheelbarrow Farm
HARMAN Favorite American Honey Recipes
HARRISON Book of the Honeybee
HARWOOD British Bee Plants
HASLUCK Beehives & Beekeepers’ Appliances
HAWKS Bees Shown to the Children
HAYES Nectar-producing Plants & their Pollen
HEAF The Bee Friendly Beekeeper
HEATH A Case of Hives
HEINRICH In a Patch of Fireweed
HENREY Flower Portraits
HERROD-HEMPSALL Producing & Preparing Bee Produce
HERROD-HEMPSALL The Beekeeper’s Guide
HERROD-HEMPSALL Beekeeping Simplified
HERROD-HEMPSALL Anatomy Physiology & Nat.History of Honeybees
HESSAYON The Cereal Disease Expert
HODGES Pollen Loads of the Honeybee
HOLM Biology of Flowers
HOOPER Commonsense Beekeeping
HOOPER & TAYLOR Beekeeper’s Garden
HOOPER & TAYLOR The Bee Friendly Garden
HOWES Plants and Beekeeping
HOYT World of Bees
HUBBELL A Book of Bees
HUBBELL A Country Year
HUTCHINSON Advanced Bee Culture
HYDE British Insects
I.B.R.A Garden Plants Valuable to Bees
I.B.R.A. Apicultural Reesearch on Varroa
I.T.P.L Simple Method of Candle Manufacture
IMMS Insect Natural History
IMMS Social Behaviour in Insects
IPSEN What Does a Bee See?
JACKSON Beekeeping for Beginners
JAMES Beekeeping for Beginners & Others
JAYCOX Beekeeping Tips and Topic_x0001_
JENYNS Book about Bees
JEPSON Biological Drawings [part 1]
JEPSON Biological Drawings [part 2]
JOHANSEN & MAYER Pollinator Protection
JOHANSSEN Some Important Operations in Bee Management
JOHNSTON A Nomad Amongst the Beees
JONES Traditional Welsh Honey Recipes
KAPRAL Little Lost Bee
KENNEDY-BELL Joys of Beekeeping
KHALIFMAN Bees
KILLION Honey in the Comb
KIRK Colour Guide to the Pollen Loads of the Honey Bee
KIRKWOOD Plant & Flower Forms
KLEIJN & VERMEULEN Beauty of the Wild Plant
LADYBIRD Life of the Honeybee
LAIDLAW Contemporary Queen Rearing
LANGSTROTH On the Hive and the Honeybee
LATHAM Bee Book
LATTER Bees and Wasps
LAVINE The Wonders of the Hive
LAWES The Bee Book Book
LAWSON Honeycraft
LEVANDOVSKA World of the Bee
LEVETT Ordering of Bees (1634)
LIEBIG Chemistry in its Application to Apiculture
LIGHTNING Charles Nash Abbott
LINDAUER Communication among Social Bees
LINSSEN & NEWMAN Common British Insects and Spiders (Observer’s Book)
LONGMEAD Bees, Hives and Honey
LOVELL The Flower and the Bee
LUND A Man and his Bees
M.A.F.F Codes of Practice for Spraying
M.A.F.F Diseases of Bees
MACDONALD EDUC. Bees
MACE Adventures among the Bees
MACE Bees Flowers and Fruit
MACE Beekeeping Annual
MACE Bee Farming in Britain
MACE A Book about the Bee
MACE Bee Matters and Bee Masters
MACE Beekeeping Associations (Critical Survey) 
MACE Some Other Bees
MACE Modern Beeekeeping
MACE The Beekeeper’s Handbook
MACE Practical Beekeeping
MACE Beeswax & Bee Gardens (2 leaflets inside H430)
MACE The Complete Handbook of Bee Keeping
MACFIE Practical Beekeeping and Honey Production
MACGREGOR Insect Pollination of Cultivated Crop Plants
MACNICOL The Young Beekeeper
MAETERLINCK Life of the Bee
MAETERLINCK Childrens’ Life of the Bee
MAETERLINCK Life of the Ant
MAF (NZ) Control of Varroa Guide for NZ Beekeepers
MANLEY Honey Production in the British Isles
MANLEY Beekeeping in Britain
MANLEY Honey Farming
MANLEY Honey Production in the British Isles
MANLEY Beekeeping in Britain
MANLEY Honey Production in the British Isles
MANLEY Honey Farming
MATHESON Living with Varroa
MATHESON Forage for Bees in an Agricultral Landscape
MAYNE A Swarm in May
MEAD Honey Cookery
MELLOR Honey
MESQUIDA Elements of Genetics..especially Bees
METCALF Bee Community
MEYER Beekeeper’s Handbook
MEYER Basic Beekeeping
MILLER Fifty Years among the Bees
MITCHELL Bees of the Eastern United States (Vol 2)
MITCHENER Social Behaviour of the Bees
MOBUS & CONNOR Varroa Handbook
MOBUS & DE BRUYN The New Varroa Handbook
MOLLAN Royal Dublin Society on Bee Husbandry Reprinted Papers
MORE Ideas for Interesting Gardens
MORE The Bee Book
MORE Discovering Beekeeping
MORLEY Evolution of an Insect Society
MORSE Comb Honey Production
MORSE Complete Guide to Beekeeping
MORSE Rearing Queen Honeybees
MORSE A Year in the Bee-Yard
MORSE Honeybee Pests  Predators & Diseases
MORSE & HOOPER Illustrated Encyclopedia of Beekeeping
MOUNTAIN Trees & Shrubs valuable to Bees
MOYLE Asthma and Hayfever
MUNN & JONES Varroa – Fight the Mite
MUNRO Honey
NEW SOUTH WALES DEPT MIN AGRIC Bees and Honey
NICHOLS & WALKER Producing Honey in Australia
NICOL The New Candle Book
NIXON World of Bees
NORDEN & HANSEN The Bee
NORRIS About Honey
NOVAK Insect Hormones
ONSTOTT Beekeeping as a Hobby
ONTARIO D.AG Beekeeping in Ontario
OREL & ROZMER Mendel as a Beekeeper
OWSIANKA The Legend of the Hive
PAIN Lesser Worlds
PAVORD Bees and Beekeeping
PEARSON Bee Stings
PELLETT Living from Bees
PELLETT Practical Queen Rearing
PERCIVAL Floral Biology
PHILLIPS Beekeeping
POWELL World of a Beehive
PRICE Price on Beekeeping
PROCTOR & YEO Pollination of Flowers
PRYCE-JONES Bumblebees
PUGH History of Meon Valley Beekeepers
RANSOME The Sacred Bee
RATCLIFFE Beekeepers’ Folly
REMINGTON Insects of the World
RENDL The Way of the Bee
RENNIE Acarine Disease in Hive Bees
RENNIE & HARVEY Bee Disease Investigation
RENNIE Acarine Disease Explained
RIBBANDS Behaviour & Social Life of the Honeybee
RICHES Beekeeping
RICHES Medical Aspects of Beekeeping
RIMMER History of Manx Beekeeping
ROOD Ants and Bees
ROOT ABC & XYZ of Beek Culture
ROOT ABC & XYZ of Bee Culture (1962)
ROOT Honey Cook Book
ROSS Textbook of Entomology
ROTH Praktische bienenzucht
ROTHAMSTED PAPERS Cause and Control of Swarming
ROUNCE Honey from Source to Sale & Show Bench
ROWE Rose Hive Method
ROWLAND-ENTWISTLE Habits and Habitats of Insects
RUSSELL Spray Liaison
SAJO Unsere honigbienen
SAMMATARO & AVITALILE The Beekeepers Handbook
SAUNDERS Wild Bees Wasps and Ants
SAWYER Pollen Identification for Beekeepers
SAWYER Honey Identification
SCHOFIELD Teach Yourself Beekeeping
SCOTT Backyard Beekeeping
SCOTTISH BKA Introduction to Bees & Beekeeping
SECHRIST Honey Getting
SECHRIST Amateur Beekeeping
SEELEY Honeybee Democracy
SHIDA Bee Keeping – A Thornhill Guide
SHIPLEY Studies in Insect Life
SHORT Introduction to Applied Entomology
SHOWLER Observation Hive
SHULMAN Herb & Honey Cookery
SIMMINS A Modern Bee Farm
SINCLAIR Life of the Honey-bee  (Ladybird series)
SLADEN Queen Rearing in England
SLADEN The Humble Bee
SMART Insects. Instructions for Collectors
SMITH Beekeeping in the Tropics
SMITH Beekeeping
SMITH The Hive (Australian Govt)
SMITH Queen Rearing Simplified
SMITH Better Queens
SMITH Beekeeping in the Tropics
SMITH William Charles Cotton MA 1813-1879
SNELGROVE Swarming. Control and Prevention.
SNODGRASS Anatomy & Physiology of the Honeybee
SNODGRASS Anatomy of the Honeybee
SPOCZYNCKA World of the Wasp
STANLEY Pollen
STANTON Wild Flowers (Ladybird Series)
STEP British Insect Life
STEPHENS-POTTER Beekeeper’s Manual
STRATTON-PORTER Keeper of the Bees
STUART Beekeeping Practice
STUART City of the Bees
STURGES Practical Beekeeping
TAYLOR Bees for Beginners
TAYLOR Insect Life in Britain
TAYLOR Flowers: their origin shape perfume & colour
TAYLOR The New Comb Honey Book
TAYLOR The Joys of Beekeeping
TAYLOR Bee Appliances and How to use them
TEALE Golden Throng
TINBERGEN Animal Behaviour
TINSLEY Beekeeping up-to-date
TINSLEY That Year at Cornborough
TOMPKINS & GRIFFITH Practical Beekeeping
URQUHART Keeping Honeybees
VERNON Hogs at the Honeypot
VERNON IBRA Collection of Historical Beekeeping items
VERNON Hogs at the Honeypot
VERNON Teach Yourself Beekeeping (2nd edn)
VINCENT Adventures at Honey Bee Hive
VIRGIL Eclogues –  Georgics: Aenid I-VI
WADEY Introducing beekeeping
WADEY Bee Craftsman
WADEY Behaviour of Bees and Beekeepers
WAINE Background to Beekeeping
WATTS Honeybee
WEBB Beekeeping for Profit and Pleasure
WEBSTER Book of Beekeeping
WEDMORE Manual of Beekeeping
WEDMORE Ventilation of Beehives
WEDMORE Successful Beekeeping
WENNER Bee Language Controversy
WHITE Normal Bacterial Flora of the Bee
WHITE Honey in the Kitchen
WHITE More Honey in the Kitchen
WHITE Pollen. Collection & Preparation for microscope
WHITE Super Formulas – Arts & Crafts
WHITEHEAD Bees to the Heather
WHITEHEAD Honeybees and their Management?
WIGGLESWORTH Insect Physiology
WILDMAN Treatise on the Management of Bees 1770
WILLIAMS Story of the Hive
WILLIAMS & WILSON Towards Regulated Cropping
WILSON The Hive – Story of the Honey Bee and Us
WINSTON The Biology of the Honey Bee
WINTER Beekeeping in New Zealand
WISE Home-made Country Wines;Beer;Mead & Metheglin
WORKMAN Honey Recipes
WYATT Microscopes
YATES Beekeeping Study Notes – Basic, SBKA Basic & FIBKA Prelim.
YATES Beekeeping Study Notes modules 1 2 3 & 4
YATES Beekeeping Study Notes Module 9
YATES Beekeeping Study Notes – Practical
YEO Solitary Wasps
  Bees at School – a diary from a school garden

Taking the BBKA Basic Assessment

With a 96% pass rate, the BBKA Basic Assessment should not put off anyone. Whilst the syllabus may look daunting at first glance, closer inspection will show that it merely lists the basic things which all beekeepers should know.

To apply for the assessment, complete the Application Form and have the qualification section signed by your tutor or officer from your association and then send it with the appropriate fee to the HBA honorary secretary who will contact you with further details.

The BBKA General Husbandry Assessment

Have you been beekeeping for 3 years and passed your Basic Assessment? If so, you may want to consider the General Husbandry Certificate.

This assessment is designed for beekeepers who prefer the practical approach rather than the written examinations. On the day, your assessment is conducted by two BBKA Assessors and consists of:

  • inspection of the candidate’s apiary, equipment and honey handling equipment
  • Manipulation of one or more colonies of the candidate’s bees
  • Demonstration of a method of selective queen rearing

To apply for the assessment, complete the Application Form and send it with the Fee to your Area Examination Secretary.

The BBKA Examination Secretary will contact you with your assessment details.

Download your General Husbandry Guidelines and Assessment Syllabus from the BBKA website.