Beekeeping is a fascinating hobby and many aspects of it appeal to people, from bee behaviour to eating honey. Honey bees have a long association with mankind because of the usefulness of their products, such as honey, beeswax, propolis and royal jelly, and an interest in obtaining these is often a motivation to start beekeeping. Beekeeping need not be expensive and you do not need a large garden in the country. A hive can even be sited in a city or on a flat roof. This course has been designed to give a detailed introduction to those attracted to this hobby. The one-day course will enable complete beginners to make a confident start, whilst enhancing the skills and knowledge of those who have started recently.
It will give information with opportunities for questions and discussion on the following topics:
- The honey bee’s life cycle
- How to handle bees and manage them
- Hive types and equipment
- Where to obtain hives and equipment
- Where to obtain bees
- Where to keep bees
- Obtaining honey
Your tutors are experienced beekeepers. They have considerable knowledge of the craft and have been successful at introducing and coaching newcomers to this rewarding pastime.
The course is run by the North Staffordshire Beekeepers Association (Charity No 511576) and will take place at Keele University. The course will not include any handling or contact with live bees. However, opportunities to handle bees at a later date may be offered by local beekeeping associations to those attending the course. The number of people on the course will be limited, so early registration is strongly recommended to be sure of a place. The running of the course is subject to minimum numbers.
Changes to Courses Advertised
We reserve the right to replace the advertised tutors or change the programme where it is found to be unavoidable or to make other changes that may be deemed necessary due to unforeseen circumstances. Please note that the fee covers the cost of the course and tea/coffee at morning and afternoon break times. The fee excludes lunch. However, light refreshments may be purchased from shops and restaurants on the campus. Further details will be sent by e-mail after the closing date. Admission is only by prior enrolment.