Keeping bees healthy and productive requires knowledge and skill. Beekeeping is made much easier by belonging to a local Beekeepers Association (BKA), where you should be given advice, tuition and support.

One of the key questions you might ask is: Should I keep bees? 

Many BKAs run beginners’ courses where you can learn some of the theory, and gain valuable practical experience in their teaching apiary.

Here, you can find details of your local Beekeeping Association who will run courses at special times of the year which will show you the magical world of beekeeping.

By taking part in an 'Introduction to Beekeeping' course, you will benefit from a necessary and important understanding of the level of responsibility required to become a good beekeeper. Most associations support the course with a visit to a local apiary where you can handle bees before you make the investment in equipment and your honey bees. 

Suggested introductory beekeeping books for beginners

There are a few good books at the introductory level for the non-beekeeper. Those listed below are modern books that have been written by experienced beekeepers and the information is sound.

“Keeping Bees”
by Pam Gregory and Claire Waring

“Better Beginnings for Beekeepers”
by Adrian Waring

“Beekeeping. A Practical Guide”
by Roger Patterson

“Bees at the Bottom of the Garden”
by Alan Campion

“BBKA Guide to Beekeeping”
by Dr Ivor Davis NDB

There are many other beekeeping books available, your local Beekeeping Association will probably have a library available for you to borrow some. For any new beginner, making contact with local beekeepers is vital. You can find your nearest here: