This weekend course is intended for prospective beekeepers. Students will learn about setting up an apiary and caring for a colony of bees, with topics looking at the life of the European honey bee, the various pests and diseases that affect them, and the methods of extracting honey from the comb and the production of other saleable hive products. In addition to the two days of classroom based learning you will also participate in a practical session off site where you will handle a colony of bees. Please note that the practical hive session will take place a couple of months after the course, when the weather is warmer and the bees are active.
Beekeeping - Beginners
No skills needed, but beekeeping does involve some lifting.
Classroom based lectures, presentations and demonstrations, with practical session off site for hive opening and bee handling.
By the end of the course you will have learned to; recognise the queen, drone and worker bees; understand at least one method of swarm control; identify the various components of a bee hive; show an understanding of the diseases and pests affecting honey bees and how and when to treat them; look at the production of honey and other products from the hive. You will be ready to start keeping bees.
Please bring a pen and paper and a packed lunch. Free tea and coffee provided but we do ask learners to bring their own mug if possible in order to avoid waste.
At the start of the course you will be given your own individual learning plan. Your tutor will record your entry level and together you will track your progress and achievements.
We will support learners to make informed choices about their next steps by providing appropriate individual and/or group information, advice, and/or guidance tailored to need and desired outcomes. Please ask your tutor about further courses which are available.
Saturday Mar 7, 2020