This course is designed as an introduction from the complete beginner who has no knowledge of beekeeping to those who have some knowledge but no practical experience. This course will provide you with the necessary knowledge to decide if beekeeping is something for you. We will explain the life cycle of the honey bees and colony management and then we will take you to one of our apiaries where we will do practical handling of honey bee colonies.
At our training apiary we have a variety of hives so that you can see and handle the bees on the different frames sizes that the various hives have to offer. This will help when it comes to making that all important decision of which hive type to buy.
All equipment and clothing will be provided by us, We will take photographs on the day which we will share with you and you are also welcome to take your own photograph's so you have record of your beekeeping adventure.
You will need to wear suitable footwear, either walking boots or Wellingtons is best.
There will be a maximum of 10 people at anyone time on the course. We ask you arrive here at 10:00am so we can get started at 10:15am. We stop for a quick lunch break around 12:15/12:30 before heading up to the apiary for the afternoon session. Please bring a packed lunch, we will provide refreshments. The afternoon session is around 2 to 2 1/2 hours. You will go away with a jar of our honey and will have the opportunity to buy additional honey and other items on the day.
If the forecast is not good enough for us to open the hives we will re-schedule the course date. In the unlikely event that we don't have enough participants to run the course may ask you to change your booking.
- Life cycle of the Honey Bee, the 3 Castes
- Colony Management
- Practical Handling and Hive Inspection - at the Apiary
Chose you course date from the drop down menu above, tell us the names/names of those who you are booking for, what size bee suit they will need and if you are buying this as gift for someone select Gift Certificate and we will create a certificate voucher you can give to them. Course dates are:
Thursday 3rd June 2021
Thursday 10th June 2021
Thursday 17th June 2021
Thursday 24th June 2021
Thursday 1st July 2021 - Reserve date
Thursday 8th July 2021 - Reserve date
You will receive immediate confirmation that the course is booked for you and we will request some information about your beesuit size etc. If you select that you want a Gift Certificate we will contact you to request the details of the giftee, we will then send across the certificate in pdf format so you can print it off. A few days prior to the course date we will email you with further details with directions of how to find us and reminder of what the day will involve.
If you have brought this as a gift for someone please remember to let us have their email address and contact number.
We look forward to meeting you and sharing our love for the honey bee with you.