Course is delivered entirely within Government guidelines of social distancing & contact tracing, and will be completely outdoors weather permitting.
This introductory beekeeping course is designed to equip you with the knowledge to start caring for your own honeybees. Taught along the principles of the British Beekeepers’ Association methods, it is an intensive course but with a high practical content.
Our courses are delivered to fabulously restricted group sizes (max 4 students even pre-Covid) to ensure the most attentive and rewarding experience, learning and fun.
Beekeeping is a charming, fascinating and rewarding craft. A responsible beekeeper's aim is to have a thorough knowledge in order to be able to care for their colonies fully whilst using judicious consideration.
This 12 hour course consists of three afternoon sessions of 4 hours each. Spreading the course over a month gives the significant benefit of allowing students to see how the colonies progress and develop with the season. It also gives flexibility in case of challenging weather so that we can optimise all the timings of opening the hives appropriately and ensure that we satisfy your curiosity of handling frames of bees yourself.
The course fee also includes a private visit from the Tutor to your bees after the course to offer help and support if wanted (limited to 30 mile radius of Banbury).
The priorities that we teach are:
Making beekeeping affordable
Happy bees, happy people.
Why bees are important, are under threat, and need help.
What is a colony – the castes, basic anatomy, lifecycle, division of labour.
Forage – so important! Hungry bees are unhappy bees, and can starve.
How we keep bees – equipment, hive designs, clothing, apiary sites, responsibility and safety including stings.
Beekeeping year – seasonal activities of inspections, signs of trouble, impact of swarming, uniting, full winter preparations.
Bee behaviour – including swarming instinct and management.
Handling and examining colonies – practical inspections, building up to stronger colonies as confidence increases.
Colony health and pests & disease – recognising healthy bees and brood, recognising disease, statutory requirements, varroa and its management.
If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
Beesuits and all necessary beekeeping equipment are supplied for use on the course, along with light refreshments and supporting literature. Please bring wellies or other boots that cover your ankles, and also reading glasses if worn.
Plentiful honey tasting/take home jar of honey that you have bottled yourself.
This craft course provider has been awarded Bronze status for receiving 1 or more 5 star ratings from previous students.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this course and learnt a great deal about beekeeping. It was very suitable for an absolute novice like myself. There were plenty of opportunities to get hands on experience in handling the bees. The tutor was very well informed, provided good support and in current times enabled suitable social distancing measures. I would highly recommend this course to anybody considering taking up beekeeping.