Beekeeping is a fascinating craft and L&DBKA actively encourages new beekeepers. There are several excellent books and publications that can introduce you to beekeeping and what it involves and we will happily point you towards these at any time. However, the ideal time to start practical beekeeping is in the spring, as this gives you time to learn as “your” colony grows through the season at your assigned practical apiary and if you feel confident you may consider acquiring your own nucleus colony of bees in the same year.
If you have never had any close contact with bees and unsure about whether you want to take the step of becoming a beekeeper, then we strongly recommend that you attend one of our Taster Sessions that we organise from time to time at the Association Apiary.
Once you have decided to keep bees the first step is some initial training. At L&DBKA we run an annual Introduction to Beekeeping course starting in March which includes both theory and practical training and we encourage all to book well in advance as this course is proving very popular.
You can also get some good background information from these following publications: