South Gloucestershire Beekeepers Association

Start Beekeeping

Are you thinking of keeping bees?


SGBKA has normally run an annual beginners course in the New Year, comprising a series of indoor classes and/or online live Zoom , 8 theory sessions of 2 hours on a Monday evening followed by two weekend practical sessions at the branch Training Apiary early in the spring.

This is being run by members of the SGBKA committee led by Pat Browning/Alan Jones. Places on beginners courses are normally limited to twenty participants. Information about future courses can be obtained by e-mailing Details of new course information/dates will be published on this website when details finalised with expected start date each January/February.


We encourage everyone attending the Beginners Course to join SGBKA because this will give you an excellent opportunity to meet other beekeepers and to get hands on experience with bees at our monthly apiary meetings in the summer. In particular if you already have your bees, membership will be affiliated to the British Beekeeping Association (BBKA) and will provide some necessary insurance cover for your Beekeeping activities.

For more information, please contact Kirsty, the SGBKA Membership Secretary using the form here.

Buying Bees – SGBKA advice

South Gloucestershire Beekeeping Association (SGBKA) does not recommend any particular supplier or source for obtaining honey bees, but does suggest the following:

Useful Information for Beginners

Although SGBKA does not endorse any particular supplier of beekeeping equipment, in Gloucestershire the nearest supplier to the branch apiary is Maisemore Apiaries, GL2 8HT (

For a comprehensive view of the range of beekeeping equipment available, you may find the downloadable catalogue on the Thornes website a good place to start (

For a website covering a very wide range of beekeeping resources, try Dave Cushman’s (

BIBBA’s website offers a number of very informative free webinars (

Sussex University’s Laboratory of Apiculture and Social Insects (LASI) – Main Website and YouTube Channel