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Beginners introduction to beekeeping

Beginners introduction to beekeeping

Duration: One day 10am-5pm

Price: £100

Contact: Michael waite at The Beeman

Heatherlea Cottage
Castle Douglas

Course Start Dates

Due to the uncertainty caused by COVID-19/Coronavirus, please contact the course organiser before finalising plans to attend this course.

Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.

About the Course

Our one-day beginners beekeeping course covers everything you need to get you going.
The Beginners Beekeeping Course runs from 10am until around 5pm with breaks for lunch and tea breaks.

Please note that our days fill very quickly so book early to avoid disappointment.
Payment in cash on the day (Please note no credit cards or cheques).
You will only be charged £10 deposit when booking.

9:45 a.m. Registration + Tea or Coffee
10.00 a.m. Introduction
. History of beekeeping
. Honey bee lifecycle
. The bee colony
. Function of the Queen
. Function of the worker bees
. Function of the Drones
. Selecting & setting up your Apiary site
. Forage
. Avoiding stings

11.30 a.m.
Questions and answers (Tea and Coffee)

Spring / Summer Management
. Bee suits, smokers & hive tools
. The different types of hives
. Spring stimulation
. Types of frames
. Difference between brood box and super
. Use of queen excluder, crown board
. Queen cells (Swarm)
. Queen cells (Emergency)
. Queen Cells (supersedure)
. Management
. Signs of swarming
. Action to prevent swarms

1.00pm - 1.45 p.m. Lunch
.Ways to extract your honey crop
.With extractor
.Without extractor
.Filtering honey
.Cut comb honey
.How to clean and use
Prepare for winter
.Varroa control
.Winter feeding
.Feeding fondant
Hands on with the bees
We will open a hive to see the different stage of brood Identify the different types of bee the workers and drones find the queen and you will get to handle the frames and gain confidence.
5.00 p.m. Questions and answers with time for tea and cake to end the day.

The full day is crammed with everything you need to know you will not go away without any questions unanswered.
I run one of the best one day courses there is.
If you want bees to take home with you we can supply them for you as long as you let us know when you book that you would like to buy a colony of bees on the day.

Home made lunch and refreshments included.

Scheduled refreshment breaks.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Teas and coffee provided and a homemade lunch.
We have beesuits and gloves but if you already have your own please bring with you.

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