What does it cost?
Somewhere between £300 and £600. If you are on a low budget and are good at woodwork you might be able to construct your own hives at a lower cost. Sometimes it is possible to pick up ‘second’ quality flat pack hives from the manufacturers. Of course, second hand is always an option meaning you can get it for cheaper but you have to be careful of the quality of the stuff you are buying
Every May the association has an auction where you can buy secondhand equipment. It is also possible to buy bees at auction but not always at a bargain price. We also sell swarm bees from the association apiary at a reasonable price.