There are many reasons why people want to start keeping bees. It may be an ambition that you have had for a long time and now you have the time and space to do something about it. Others want to do something positive about the decline in pollinators or they fancy the idea of producing honey and other hive products.
However, beekeeping is an activity that is not successfully learnt from books and the internet alone. A successful start to what may become a fulfilling, lifelong interest depends on acquiring skills and knowledge through practical and hands on experiences on a course like this one.
In light of the pandemic, we have undertaken a thorough risk assessment and modified how we deliver our courses and events. We have gained the "We are Good to Go" quality assurance mark from Visit Wales and Visit Britain. We therefore now offer this in-person course to individuals from the same household or friendship group as it is held largely outdoors whilst maintaining social distancing. Furthermore, rest assured that the protective bee suits issued to you are thoroughly laundered between each use.
Four half-day in-person sessions are required to deliver the basic training through practical activities. These can be morning or afternoon sessions, on the same day or on different days, and at different times of the year.
Training sessions are held all year round regardless of the weather on dates that suit you, as we have suitable covered outdoor sheltered areas. However, inspecting a hive is a key activity that requires suitable weather. We can generally inspect the hives between April and September, provided the weather is favourable. Please check our local forecast below before booking your sessions on different days if you can. We ideally need a temperature above 12°C, wind not greater than about 12mph and the chance of precipitation no greater than 10%. In such conditions, we expect you to be ready to inspect a hive yourself (under supervision, of course!) by the end of your second training session.
You will be mentored through the following topics, which are essential for the success and enjoyment of your first year of beekeeping:-
Why keep bees?
Honey bee biology
How honey bees live in the wild
Stings and swarming
The beekeeper's year
Catching swarms and acquiring bees
Beekeeping survival skills
During practical sessions you will learn about:-
Components of the National hive
Setting up an apiary
Lighting and using a smoker
Inspecting a hive
Identifying workers, drones and queen
Observing eggs and brood stages
Recognising pollen and honey
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?
The course is delivered over four half day sessions. You may wish to complete all your training in one go or book your first two sessions to start your training now or over the autumn and winter and then defer your last two sessions to ensure good weather or until next spring.
The course fee includes the use of protective clothing and access to a comprehensive set of course notes and further reading material via dropbox.
Bed and Breakfast, shepherd's hut glamping and nearly-wild camping may be available - please enquire.
This is a bespoke course and held on a 1:1 basis or for up to four individuals from the same household or friendship group.
I can also deliver this course entirely through the medium of Welsh.
Dafydd Jones at Anglesey Bees
Trefnant Bach Llanddaniel Isle of Anglesey LL60 6ET