A One Day Beekeeping Taster Day A great day if you are thinking about keeping bees, we will discuss beekeeping today, the apiary set up, why bees and other pollinators are so important, look at different types of hives and take a look inside a working beehive. You will take home a bee-related gift, and notes about keeping bees. Course Tutor: Jill Sales and Josh Dean: Jill has been teaching professionally for many years and helping new beekeepers enjoy this skill. She keeps several colonies of bees and is the training coordinator for Hastings and Rother Beekeeping Association. Jills' kind, engaging, and professional teaching style is perfect for beginners to gain a basic understanding of this complex subject. Josh is our Apriay Manager here at Mantel Farm and has a wealth of knowledge on bees and beekeeping equipment. Learning about our bees and pollinators is so important and is a fascinating past-time! It is an interest that can just keep growing, as you begin to understand more and more about how these little insects work as an incredible and complex colony there is endless knowledge to gain. Bees are under threat and need our help to survive, by understanding the behaviour and instincts of our pollinators along with their needs and the problems they are encountering you can help a vital part of our environment.

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Course programme: 1. Introduction to bees and other pollinators. Learn about these incredible creatures; how they live and how to identify them. 2. The Honey Bee. Learn a little more about the biology and fascinating behavior of the Honey Bee. 3. What is involved in keeping Honey Bees and the seasonal duties in an Apiary. 4. Products of the Honey Bee Hive. We will look at the bounty from the hive and sample different kinds of honey. 5. A look inside a hive. Take a look inside a working beehive, see the colony structure; nest and honey stores and how to identify the queen bee, workers and drones. 6. Choosing your Beehives. Take a look at the most commonly used types of hive, seeing how they fit together and discuss the pros and cons of each before you make any investments. Try a sample of honey and take home a bee related gift and notes from the day. Refreshments will be provided, including tea, coffee and a ‘honey-themed’ cake. Please bring a packed lunch. Parking is available at the entrance to our farm and our training room is just a short walk down our track.


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Cancellation policy

Strict - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 8 weeks before the course starts



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Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Children
  • Limited mobility
  • Weekends
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  • Pet lovers
  • Parking provided
  • Hen dos
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  • Suitable for beginners
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Mantel Farm, Henley Down, Catsfield, Battle, East Sussex, TN33 9BN