Randalstown & District Beekeepers Association

Randalstown & District Beekeepers Association


Located on the shores of
Lough Neagh

affilated to the Ulster Beekeepers Association

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Randalstown and District Beekeepers Association

Introduction to Beekeeping

’Introduction to Beekeeping’ is an Open College Network Northern Ireland Level 1 endorsed course, developed by the UBKA Education and Assessment Team in conjunction with CAFRE and OCN NI. It aims to give those interested in taking up beekeeping the basic knowledge and skills to enable them to care for their honeybees. It provides a pathway to more advanced courses which build upon the experience gained.

The cost is £140 which covers a registration fee, assessment fees and tuition. To register your Interest in this course, please follow the following link to the Cafre Website:-

For more information please email:

Professor Tom Seeley Videos

The organisers of the now cancelled BBKA Convention 2020 are very pleased to have received videos of the lectures you would have seen at the Spring Convention from Professor Tom Seeley, a biologist at Cornell University. We hope you enjoy them!
Lecture 1: Bee Hunting. This presentation will show you a fun way to locate wild colonies of honey bees, using the tools and techniques of a bee hunter. It is a kind of treasure hunt, though these days the treasure is the discovery, not the honey in the bee tree. Sometimes, though, it will lead you to a beekeeper's hive, but that is fun, too!
Lecture 2: The Lives of Bees. This presentation will give you an overview of what is known about how honey bee colonies live in the wild, that is, when they are not living in a beekeeper's hive and are not subject to a beekeeper's manipulation. In short, it provides a look at the true natural history of Apis mellifera, at least for the colonies that live in the countryside around the small city of Ithaca, New York (USA).
Lecture 3: Darwinian Beekeeping. This presentation provides an introduction to a way of being a beekeeper who wants to let his or her colonies live as naturally as possible. This is an approach to beekeeping that is only relevant for a small-scale beekeeper, one who has just a few hives, and for a beekeeper who does not seek to get a lot of honey from his or her bees. It is appropriate for somebody who wants to relate to the bees more as a beewatcher than as a beekeeper.
These videos are available on the BBKA Website.

If you would like any further reading by Prof Seeley here is a list of the books he has published through Amazon Smile which gives BBKA a small percentage from the net purchase price: