Introductory Beekeeping

A very interesting course that will comprise:

• A short talk and slide show covering the activity and life cycle of honey bees
• Components of the beehive and different types of hives
• Choosing a suitable site for your hives/apiary
• Important plants for foraging bees throughout the year
• Spring and summer management- including swarm control and colony increase
• Visit to site apiary: a chance to meet the bees (spring & summer courses only)
• Removal of honey crop, visit to honey extraction rooms with explanation of processes involved in extraction of honey.
• Preparation for winter season


Bee suits will be provided. Please bring your own wellington boots.

1 DAY, £95

Dates: 14th & 28th of May / 11th & 25th of June / 2nd & 16th of July / 6th & 20th of August
Times: 10am-12:30pm + 1:30pm-4pm
Tutor: Brian Pool

Contact or call : 0744 357 3351 for more information or to make a booking.

Brian Pool

Brian is a third-generation professional beekeeper with over 40 years of experience. Brian’s fascination with bees was kindled at the age of four, watching his grandfather in Cornwall tending his hives and has had bees ever since his father gave him his first hive. Brian has been keeping bees in the Lothian area since 1987, gathering honey from a wide range of crops including clover, raspberries, lime trees and heather. He has given talks to children in schools, at the National Museum and at the Royal Botanic Gardens. He also ran the beekeeping centre at Dobbie’s butterfly world for many years and provided observation hives and talks at the New Lanark SWT wildlife centre. Whether you are looking to learn the basics or to work your own hives there is nowhere better to come than the Secret Herb Garden.

Beekeeping / Candle Making (bee wax)

Contact or call : 0744 357 3351 for more information.

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