Start beekeeping today!


Hi there my name is Tom Carroll and I have been a beekeeper since I was a teenager. I keep bees on two continents - Europe and Africa with bees in Ireland and Kenya. I completed my PhD on beekeeping and livelihoods in 2012. In this course I will guide you step by step on how to start beekeeping and get your first hive of lives bees.

Step by Step


In this course I set out to teach you beekeeping from the perspective of the beginner. It is not easy to start any new project and especially when you are thinking of getting a hive of 50,000 live bees to put in your back garden! Information is power and I am here to accompany and support you on your journey to start beekeeping


Set up your first beehive

I will show you where to set up your first hive and how to get that hive occupied with bees. I will also show you how to make a simple top bar hive of your own from scrap.

Work with bees


You will learn how to get the hive occupied with bees and how to manage the bees to produce honey. I will then show you how to harvest and bottle that delicious honey.

Candle making


In this course I will show you how to render beeswax, filter the wax and use the refined wax to make a beautiful beeswax candle. I will also show you how to make furniture polish from beeswax.

Example Curriculum

  Section 1: Introduction
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  Section 2: Approaches to beekeeping
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  Section 3: About the honeybee colony
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  Section 4: Bee hives and other basic beekeeping equipment
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  Section 5: Establishing an apiary and getting bees
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  Section 6: Basic bee management
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  Section 7: Bee products
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  Section 8: Course conclusion
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This course is closed for enrollment.

Beekeeping is a fun hobby


Beekeeping is a fun and rewarding hobby that will transform your life and open your eyes to the wonders of nature all around us. Start on your journey to becoming a beekeeper by joining me on this course.