If you want to start beekeeping it is highly recommended to attend classes, or apprentice yourself to a beekeeper who is happy to help you. Edinburgh & Midlothian Beekeepers Association (EMBA) runs beginners classes between March and May every year.

The first half consists of beekeeping theory classes mid-week in the evening. The second section consists of practical sessions at the weekend in the Edinburgh area.

Both sections are vital and if you are unable to commit to both sections please consider applying in another year as the course is in high demand and places are limited.

The cost of setting up to become a beekeeper can be expensive. In 2015 it was estimated the cost of setting up was in the region of £700. In the summer months you will need to be able to check your bees approximately weekly.

The course costs £90 which includes membership of EMBA and a subsidised first year’s membership of the Scottish Beekeepers Association.

Places on the beginners' course can be purchased at our Online Shop

Theory class session
Practical hive inspections