An intensive course to get you started, explaining all about the honey bee, helping you choose your hive and equipment, how and where to set up your apiary, the bees management and pests and diseases. Not forgetting when and how to extract that lovely honey. An informal couple of days spent with others interested in beekeeping. A wealth of information from a highly experienced beekeeper and a chance to see the different equipment available, along with a useful pack of course notes to take away. Where the bees and weather allow, this course will include an inspection of a hive.
The course tutors are Amanda Millar, Mike Cullen and Jill Sales. Amanda is a professional ecologist who has been keeping up to 25 colonies of bees for about fifteen years. Mike is a Master Beekeeper and has been Beekeeping since 1972. Jill is a professional lecturer and keeps up to six colonies of bees, she has been both beekeeping and training for many years. For more info on our lectureres please visit our website.
Learning the art of beekeeping is a fascinating past-time, but beware it can become addictive from the very first time you open a hive and peer inside! 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 the honey bee along with their needs and the problems they are encountering you can help a vital part of our environment.
If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
1. The Honey Bee
The bee colony, biology, and life cycle
2. Equipment and Costs
Hive equipment, frames, wax, tools, personal protection
3. The Apiary
Apiary layout, siting the hives, responsibilities, and safety
5. Bee Health and Diseases
Bee diseases, pests & other problems, how to recognize & treat them
6. The Importance of Plants
Requirements of honeybees and other pollinators
7. Honey Harvest and Winter Preparation
Honey extraction & handling, equipment & costs, and preparing for winter
8. Information, Help, and Support
Resources, books, magazines, local organisations, obtaining bees
What to bring:
Just bring yourself, confirmation of your booking, a notebook and any questions you may have, along with wellies, and gloves. A bee suit will be provided. (please contact us in advance if you need to borrow any items).
Lunch will be provided, including tea, coffee, water, and a 'honey-themed' cake. Parking is available at the entrance to our farm and our training room is just short walk down our track.
Kerry Weller at Mantel Farm
Mantel Farm Henley Down Catsfield, Battle East Sussex TN33 9BN
Very good course for people who are beginners or thinking about beekeeping. A knowledgeable and patient instructor, good team at Mantel Farm, excellent food and the inspection of the bees and the hives was very good in helping you decide if this was for you or not. I highly commend the course.
I was a complete beginner when I attended this course, but I learnt so much from the master beekeeper, who provided an excellent study pack to refer to. The food was delicious and I would highly recommend this course to anybody who either keeps or is thinking of keeping those fascinating insects.
After considering beekeeping for a few years I decided to take the leap and attend a beginners course. The information gained helped me greatly from general knowledge to understanding costs and time needed. Such a commitment needs someone like Mantel Farm to guide you through the process. The course itself was well run by an expert beekeeper, with useful notes, and we got to inspect a real live hive. Food provided was great, overall a wonderful experience.
I knew nothing about bees when I attended the Beekeeping Course for Beginners at Mantel Farm early last year after I had been given two hives with colonies! I gained a huge amount of knowledge from these two days and importantly the course was backed up with instructive illustrated notes to which I refer frequently. I would recommend this course to anyone thinking of taking up this interesting and satisfying (sometimes!) hobby.