One day taster: Can I keep bees?
The short course offers 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 popular and numbers are limited so participants can have a personal and high-quality experience.
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 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)
This course takes place over five evening classes and is run by the Surrey Beekeeping Association. It’s open to anyone new to beekeeping but also anyone wanting to sit the module 3 exam. This is taught in a relaxed learning environment where everyone is welcome to share.
The course covers general honey bee management, diseases, pests and poisoning including:
- Foul brood
- Features of the Asian Hornet
- Avoiding wax moth damage
- Natural poisons, pesticides