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.
Two days are required to deliver the basic training through practical activities. This is the first of those two days. To complete your training and undertake the necessary activities in the hives in the apiary, in suitable conditions, you will need to book a second day next spring or summer.
The first day of training is held all year round regardless of the weather on dates that suit you, as we have suitable covered outdoor sheltered areas.
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.
The course fee includes access to course notes and further reading material via dropbox and tea and coffee during the day.
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.
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