Bee plants

The Royal Horticultural society has an excellent list of bee friendly plants. It is available online at: RHS plants for bees

Beekeeping Courses

Course Tutor: Margaret Cowley

Margaret has been a beekeeper for over 30 years. She has a Master of Science in entomology, is a qualified teacher and holds the British Beekeepers' Association (BBKA) Advanced Theory Certificate in Apiculture and the General Certificate in Beekeeping Husbandry. Margaret is also a Qualified Beekeeper, a BBKA examiner and for 12 years was Deputy Editor of Bee Craft journal.

Spring 2017 Wednesday Mornings

A 15-hour course running over five Wednesday mornings. This course is fully booked. Dates for 2017 are:
  1. 31st May
  2. 7th June
  3. 14th June
  4. 21st June
  5. 28th June

Autumn 2017 Saturday Mornings

A 15-hour course running over five Saturday mornings. There are two places available on this course. Dates for 2017 are:
  1. 5th August
  2. 12th August
  3. 19th August
  4. 26th August
  5. 2nd September

Course Details

Each course runs from 9:15am to 12:15 pm and the course fee is £120. The maximum group size is 8.
Venue: Three Roofs Apiary, Quarndon, Derbyshire.
The course includes both theory and practical work and follows the syllabus for the BBKA Basic Assessment in Apiculture. It will suit people who are thinking of taking up beekeeping or have already started. A set of course notes is provided and students will receive follow-up practical and email support. Protective suits and veils will be provided.

For more information and a booking form, email:

"Meet the bees" taster sessions.

Cost £30 for an hour's one-to-one tuition in an apiary (£40 for two people)

Have a look inside a working bee hive then taste the honey that the bees have produced. Bee suit and veil provided.


summer course attendees productive hive