Beginning Your Beekeeping - Weekend Beginners Course
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About the Course
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. During that time she has attained British Beekeepers' Association theory modules 1 to 7 with credits and distinctions and the Intermediate certificate. On the practical side she has the Basic Assessment and the General Husbandry Certificate making her a 'Qualified Beekeeper'. She has also won prizes at the National Honey Show for honey and other products. She has had articles published in beekeeping magazines and has a regular column in her local division's newsletter, and has been running beekeeping courses, workshops and talks at various levels from introduction, beginner to advanced, including Queen Rearing, History of beekeeping, Bee Health and Diseases and Other Pollinators; subjects she is particularly interested in. She was on the Brighton and Lewes Division Committee for 10 years, 6 of which as Secretary before becoming the Chairman of the Sussex Beekeepers' Association (SBKA) Executive Committee in 2013 for three years and is now the President of the SBKA.
Mike has been a Beekeeper since 1972. He is the ex-chairman and current President of the Hasings & Rother Beekeeping Association. (H&R BKA). He represents the division for H&R BKA at Sussex Beekeeping Association and is an examiner for the BBKA Basic and General examinations.
Jill keeps up to six colonies of bees and has been both beekeeping and training for many years. She is an active member of the Hastings and Rother Beekeeping Association and has run both introductory and other courses for beginners for the last six years.
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 booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
Just bring yourself, confirmation of your booking, a notebook and any questions you may have, along with a bee suit, wellies and gloves (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.
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
4. Managing Honey Bee Colonies
Inspections, swarm control, uniting and moving colonies
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
Honey extraction & handling, equipment & costs
8. Information, Help and Support
Resources, books, magazines, local organizations, obtaining bees
Great course a must for beginners. We were well looked after by manual farm and no question too small for the trainers. Brilliant course a must
Joanne fellows - - #11541
Really good course. I started with little to no idea, and left feeling confident.
Richard Holmes - - #11518
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.
Pamela Mansergh - - #11496
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