Dates available: 19th April 2018, 28th June 2018, 20th September 2018
An ideal way of learning the workings of a bee colony, this beginners’ one day course provides an introduction to the world of honeybees and beekeeping.
Course Overview: Covering the biology and life cycle of the bee, you will learn about who does what in a colony and the things we should look out for when inspecting a hive. We will also talk about the equipment needed to set up a hive, how to examine colonies and overall seasonal management as well as when and what to feed bees, how to identify diseases and pests and the new diseases and parasites that threaten our bees today. You will also have the opportunity for close interaction with the bees if you wish, including examining frames of honey and pollen and finding the Queen.
A recent attendee of the course commented:
“We found our talk fascinating and extraordinarily informative. Alice’s and her father’s enthusiasm, depth of knowledge and experience is probably unrivalled. Visiting the hives at the end of the day enhanced our experience. By then we could then identify features of the hive and their inhabitants that had been discussed throughout the day. Wearing our protective suits was also something I will always remember, especially hearing a few angry bee voices at very close range! I would thoroughly recommend this day to anyone wishing to explore beekeeping or purely as a great insight in to bee life.”
- Understanding the workings of the colony is key to knowing what is normal when we examine a hive.
- We will learn about the different castes of bees, the queen, workers and drones, their roles in the life of the colony and what to look for when inspecting a hive.
- The various equipment needed when working with bees.
- We will present the various options available in the types of beehives and the advantages and disadvantages of each.
- We will also talk about how to examine colonies. Emphasis will be on determining the status of the colony and what it needs.
- We will talk about what a good brood pattern looks like and how to check whether colonies need to be fed or need to be given extra supers for storing surplus honey ( what foods are commercially available and how to make some yourself).
- We will cover seasonal management. Go through “a year in the life” of the colony and talk about what to expect and what needs to be done during each season of the beekeeping year.
- We will cover management of diseases and pests of honeybees, the new diseases and parasites that affect our bees today.
- Close interaction (if you wish) with the bees when we will open an active colony of bees, find the Queen and examine frames of brood honey and pollen.
- There will be ample time for a Q & A session at the end of the day.
What is included:
Full day workshop
All refreshments and a light lunch of seasonal Cornish foods.
Course notes in a folder with pen and paper and including a CD.
All protective suits and gloves.
Things to note
This workshop includes time both indoors and outside so please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and bring wellies if it is, or has recently been wet.
10.00am-3.30 approximately, with a lunch break (selection of local seasonal foods, please notify us as soon as possible of any dietary restrictions).
We reserve the right to place guests in the most appropriate sessions according to interests and group size. On rare occasions course dates may be changed if circumstances change or if dates become oversubscribed. We welcome any information you may offer regarding your interests and any specific areas you would like to explore.