Beekeeping is not just an interesting hobby, pollination of plants is vital for human and environmental survival. Honeybees are an important part of the pollinator population and many beekeepers feel it is important to offer information to schools and members of the public. Of course, lots of people are keen to buy honey and other hive products too.
Members of the K&SW BKA go into schools and take bees to young people’s groups and talk to members of other clubs and associations. We attend local shows such as Damson Day in the Lyth Valley and Beetham Nursery Apple Weekend and we usually take bees with us too, the observation hive always attracts lots of interest.
We go into schools with the bees and in spring and summer 2016 we are starting a beekeeping
project with Crosthwaite School in the Lyth Valley.
Beekeeping Courses
During the spring and summer beekeeping courses are run at Brigsteer Bee Reserve, Near Kendal. Introducing Beekeeping Courses are designed to give enough information for people to discover exactly what beekeeping involves and/or learn enough to start keeping a couple of beehives. The course is intensive, runs from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon and includes both theory and practical work including inspecting a colony of bees.
A one day 'Intermediate Beekeeping' course is available, aimed at beekeepers with 1 to 2 years experience. We also offer 'Meet the Bees' afternoons for those who want to know how a beehive works. Contact via

Education Officer Julia Hoggard
Beekeeping Assessments and Exams
We support members' learning through courses, mentoring, small tutorial groups and themed meetings. The association has relevant information. The British Beekeepers Association supports diplomas and examinations in beekeeping, details are available at
Examinations Secretary Fiona Zobole
If you require any further details, please contact our Examinations Secretary. Photo below shows club member Maralynne Jones collecting her 'Certificate of Proficiency in Apiculture'. Hopefully more club members will follow in her footsteps next year.



What is the BBKA?

The BBKA exists to promote and further the craft of beekeeping and to advance the education of the public in the importance of bees in the environment. It provides information to help you learn about bees in lots of different ways:

  • This part of the website gives some introductory information for people thinking about keeping bees.
  • If you are looking for a training course on keeping bees look at our section News and Events / Upcoming Events and Training Courses
  • The BBKA operates a system of assessments and qualifications, both practical and theoretical, for everyone from children to experts. There is a correspondence course service linked to these.
  • We provide learning material for teachers and children. Some of this is on this site and much more material for teachers (linked to KS1 and KS2) can be obtained from the BBKA as a CD - see here...
  • We provide resources for local beekeeping associations to help them teach beekeepers at all levels - the 'Course in a Case' series. As part of this we are expanding our on-line learning resources for students.