Courses organised by the MDBKA can be booked via our Course Bookings Scheduler. Before you can book any courses, you must have a username and password. Please click on the “Book Training Courses” button and on the next page click “Create new user account” link.
Theory training will be delivered via Zoom and will include
Each of these sessions will be approximately 1hr
There are also a number of videos – available on our website – which help to support novice beekeepers
These will be added to throughout the season
Face to face training
As restrictions surrounding Covid 19 are lifted we hope to provide a number of face-to-face training sessions. This will enable novices to experience handling bees and putting the theory into practise. These sessions will take place at Manchester and District Bee Keeping Association (MDBKA) apiary located in Heaton Park at the Dower House M25 2SW. Novices will work in small groups with an experienced beekeeper focussing on:
These sessions will allow novices to build their confidence, share thoughts and ideas and get answers to any questions they may have.
Within the apiary there are 10 quads (a quad is a group of hives) and two hives in an area allowing for disabled access
Practical session requirements:
Novices attending these sessions will be required to have their own:
It is also important that we do our best to ensure the safety of participants when attending sessions at the apiary. We will be insisting that all present at these sessions provide proof of vaccination or a recent negative test result for coronavirus.
The Cost: £125 per person: which will include a subscription to MDBKA giving access to the web site and the MDBKA Equipment Store. It is also a subscription to the national British Bee Keeping Association (BBKA) which provides hive insurance and a monthly magazine.
Start Date: There will be six Zoom sessions on the following dates, all commencing at 6.00pm: –
26th April 2021 3rd May 2021
10th May 2021 17th May 2021
24th May 2021 31st May 2021
Each session will last for approximately 1 hour.
Courses organised by the MDBKA can be booked via our Course Bookings Scheduler on our website. Before you can book any courses, you must have a username and password. From the Home page please click on the “Book Training Courses” button and on the next page click “Create new user account” link.
From the Home page please click on the “Log In” button and on the next page click “Training Log In” button.
Due to Covid 19 and being able to run practical sessions safely we are restricting the number of trainees to 60 (in 2 groups of 30).
The following may be helpful for those of you who do not have Zoom already.
Zoom can be used on:
# Computer – Mac or PC
# Tablet – Android or iOS
# Mobile phone – Android – iOS ( not suitable for PowerPoint due to size.)
For an easy to follow guide go to:-
Another option is to go direct to Zoom and click on ‘Sign up, It’s free’. https://zoom.us/
For further information: select the Training Enquiry option in the Contact page on our website.
Alternatively you can contact the association’s Training Officer, Peter McEvitt.
Tel: 07955 482671 (dedicated training number with voicemail)