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Courses for 2018
‘Can I keep bees?’

Very  popular one day course
Think you want to be a Beekeeper?
Want to try it out before you make a commitment?
Well you now can . . . When . . .

Dates tbc
An informative one day course, giving you a taste of what is involved in being a Beekeeper, covering the practical aspects of beekeeping, including talks and the handling of bees. Numbers will be limited in order to provide a personal, high quality course. Cost  £tbc

Introduction to Beekeeping

1) Theory Course
A series of 8 weekly evening classroom based winter lectures. Covers the basic theory and equipment required, the life cycle of the honeybee and the work involved over the beekeeping season and a lot more. Start date Monday 15th January 2018. Venue Esher college, 7-9pm, half term break 12th February. If spaces available course can be booked separately for anyone with a general interest in bees.

2) Practical Course
Covering all aspects of good practice beekeeping husbandry, including handling of bees and hive management, the basic topics of hygiene, handling a hive tool, lighting a smoker and opening a hive. However, we do expect members to come the whole season to experience a complete cycle in looking after bees and an extraction and how to prepare colonies for the winter.
Advice and assistance to buy a hive and queen and set up own colony.
An introduction to the beekeeper’s examinations (optional).
Start date Saturday 21st April 2018 Venue Hampton Court Apiary, 2-4pm

On completion of the structured part, Members are entitled to attend Apiary on Saturday afternoons & assist with general running of Apiary, involving an entire season’s beekeeping.

BBKA Intermediate Module 2 Honey Bee Products and Forage

Dates 9th January, 23rd January, 6th February, 6th March, 13th March 7-9pm
Held at Esher College, Weston Green Road, Thames Ditton, Surrey, KT7 0JB

For more information, please contact:

Hampton Court Apiary
Hampton Court Way Allotments
East Molesey

Kingston Beekeepers Association