So you want to be a beekeeper! Beginners two-day course

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Description

Introduction
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 two-day practical course like this one.

Our beginners' beekeeping course is Covid-19 compliant as we are able to maintain social distancing; most of the activities take place outdoors; numbers attending are limited to four. Furthermore, rest assured that the protective bee suits issued to you are thoroughly laundered between each use.

Some of our beehives are under cover so that our courses are largely independent of the weather between April and August.
This is a two-day course, held on two consecutive days. The dates advertised are that of the first day of the two day course.

Course content:
You will be mentored through the following topics, which are essential for the success and enjoyment of your first year of beekeeping:-

Life-cycle and anatomy of honey bees
How a national hive is organised
Equipment and protective clothing
Establishing an apiary
Installing your new colony of bees
Inspecting a hive
Managing your colony in its first year
Seasonal tasks
Statutory requirements.

For those that have completed our course, we offer an invitation to join a private Whatsapp group for ongoing support and an optional complimentary visit to your apiary or potential site for your hive(s) for those living no more than an hour's travel away from us.

Maximum of 4 people attending.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Use of protective clothing.

Tea and coffee on arrival an at lunchtime.

Printed folder of notes to accompany the course and links to further reading available on request.

Bed and Breakfast, shepherd's hut glamping and nearly-wild camping may be available - please enquire.

I can also deliver this course bilingually or entirely through the medium of Welsh.

Maker

Dafydd Jones at Anglesey Bees

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Venue

Trefnant Bach
Llanddaniel
Isle of Anglesey
LL60 6ET

Suitable for

  • Accommodation offered
  • Adults
  • Children
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Father's Day
  • Hearing impaired
  • Mother's Day
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • School holiday workshops & activities
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • UK Holiday

Duration

2 days (10:00am to 4:30pm)

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Reviews

In-person
Karen - - #38292

Had a very enjoyable experience on the 3 hour bee course with Dafyd. A great insight into bee keeping for a beginner, which has left me wanting to know more. Would thoroughly recommended this course to anyone with the slightest interest in bees.

Response from Anglesey Bees:

Glad that you found the experience enjoyable. Looking forward to seeing you again soon to discover more about the bees!

In-person
Austin - - #34484

As a novice to beekeeping, Dafydd introduced all the relevant subject matter for a beginner to understand and think about starting conventional beekeeping. Dafydd is obviously very experienced both as a keeper and someone who can communicate well to deliver comprehensive material. The practical elements of the course works well with the theory and combined produce an effective programme over two days. Personally I would have liked a bit more on natural beekeeping as my goal for attending was aimed at pollination rather that harvesting honey, however, I found the theory very interesting and certainly raised my awareness of the subject matter. I would recommend this course as a really good introduction with fascinating practical modules carried out in a perfectly safe environment, located in one of the most attractive areas in North Wales.

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