One day taster: Can I keep bees?
Are you thinking of becoming a beekeeper but don’t know where to start? If you want to try it out before making a commitment, you can join us for an informative one day taster course. This is a good way to find out if you are actually afraid of bees or a beekeeping natural.
The course gives a light touch insight into the joys and frustrations of keeping bees including:
- Introduction to our club and bees
- Equipment and hive demonstration
- Hive opening and bee handling
- Health and safety
- Identifying hive inhabitants: workers, drones and the all-important queen
This is always a very popular course and numbers are limited to provide all participants with a personal and high-quality experience.
Location: Hampton Court Apiary
Introduction to Beekeeping
This introductory course is delivered in two parts – theory and practical – which both last eight weeks.
The Theory Course is covered in a series of eight evening classroom lectures with study resources available online. The theory course includes:
- Basic beekeeping theory
- Equipment required
- Lifecycle of the honeybee
- Work involved over the beekeeping season
The Practical Course involves the regular opening up of beehives (weather permitting) and will give a solid basic grounding in the art of beekeeping including:
- Good practice beekeeping husbandry
- Handling of bees
- Hive management
- Handling a hive tool
- Lighting a smoker
- Advice and support for setting up your own hive and colony
- An introduction to beekeeper’s examinations (optional)
We expect course participants to come for the whole season to experience a complete cycle looking after bees, perform an extraction and learn how to prepare colonies for the winter.
Winter Theory Course (Intermediate)
We’ve introduced this new winter course for those who want to learn more over the colder months. It takes place over five evening classes. This course is accessible to anyone new to beekeeping, but also to those with a general interest in bees wanting to know more about these fascinating insects.
We will look at:
- Bee lifecycles and how seasons and varying weather affects them
- Functions of the three castes queen, workers and drones
- Protecting our hives from pests and diseases
- The environmental value of colony management
British Beekeepers Association (Intermediate Module 2): Honeybee Products and Forage
All members are welcome to join this five session course as a way of extending their knowledge. Participants are asked to contribute by taking part in discussions and study sessions but there is no pressure to take the final assessment.
Module 2 covers:
- Honey extraction, processing and bottling
- Cutting comb and chunking honey
- Conditions suitable for storing honey
- Wax cappings and how they can be made
- Bee foraging and good sources of nectar
- The process of pollination and fertilisation