Winchester and District Beekeepers’ Association (WDBKA) aims to promote best practices in all aspects of bee husbandry.


When you are considering keeping bees for the first time you will have lots of questions about: equipment, cost, time commitment, locating a hive, where to get bees, looking after bees and so on. 

WDBKA can help you answer all those questions. We offer a one day classroom based course: 'Beekeeping for Absolute Beginners' which covers what you need to know to get started. 

2020 Beekeeping for Absolute Beginners. 

Date - Saturday - March/April 2020 date TBA

Time - 10:00-4:00

Cost - approximately £25.00

Venue Itchen Abbas Village Hall 

During the day members of the Association will give a series of short talks on basic beekeeping issues and there will be plenty of opportunity to talk to us individually. The course does not involve handling live bees but you will be able to join us at an apiary meeting during the summer.

Some refreshments are provided but you need to bring a packed lunch as there are no shops nearby.  

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Feedback from our 2019 attendees:

'We both found the course extremely beneficial. We learnt a lot and found all the presenters very knowledgeable and approachable.'

'Many thanks for laying on such a fantastic day. I’m really looking forward to taking the plunge into beekeeping and can’t wait for the apiary visit.'

'All the subjects were completely new to me so I particularly appreciated the ‘warts and all’ approach by the instructors. It must be difficult to convey the pleasure of beekeeping to drum up support while highlighting the downsides and putting people off.' 

'I did very much enjoy the course on Saturday. Overall it was just what I needed to help me make a decision whether bee keeping is for me.'