New Beekeepers

The annual New Beekeepers course has been running for many years, with Honorary Member, Magnus Peterson being instrumental in its revival and provision since the 1980s.

The New Beekeepers course, starts in January with 9 weekly Tuesday evening lectures (view the timetable here), followed by practical Hands On Beekeeping at the Association apiary in the grounds of Stirling University on Sunday afternoons from April to September.

The course is suitable for people who want to explore the opportunity of keeping bees as a hobby and what this involves.  You may already have bees and wish to increase your knowledge base.  You may simply be interested in finding out more about these amazing creatures.

The lessons are delivered by experienced beekeepers, many of whom have advanced their learning through further training, and have experience of keeping their own bees, either as hobbyist beekeepers or bee farmers.

Hands On Beekeeping gives a unique opportunity to work under supervision with experienced beekeepers to put into practice the learning from the lessons.  This is an invaluable experience and feedback from participants has been overwhelmingly positive year on year.

What People Say

“Great value for money as you got both theory and practical teaching and from multiple sources of experiences with bees”

“An excellent introduction to beekeeping, that encourages me to take it forward”

“… to deliver that high standard of course through a local association is very impressive, and must be quite unique. Well done DSBA!”


The next New Beekeepers course will commence in January 2021.  Note your interest here

We have availability for the New Beekeepers course 2021.  We hope to deliver the Evening Lectures as before in Dunblane Cathedral Halls if we move to Phase 4 of Scottish Government route map for moving out of lockdown.  However, if we remain in Phase 3, we hope to deliver the lectures on-line.
We are preparing the apiary to accommodate Hands On Beekeeping in 2021, whilst complying with social distancing and hygiene protocols as they stand at the moment in Phase 3.