San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
For those with 2 or more years experience wishing to keep their bees healthy and content by understanding their requirements and behaviour. Including important manipulations such as finding the queen, requeening, shook swarms, basic queen rearing, collecting, preventing and control of swarms. Managing the honey crop and how to recognise, prevent and deal with diseases, pests and other problems which may arise.
Amanda is a professional ecologist who has been keeping up to 25 colonies of bees for about fifteen years. During that time she has attained British Beekeepers' Association theory modules 1 to 7 with credits and distinctions and the Intermediate certificate. On the practical side she has the Basic Assessment and the General Husbandry Certificate making her a 'Qualified Beekeeper'. She has also won prizes at the National Honey Show for honey and other products. She has had articles published in beekeeping magazines and has a regular column in her local division's newsletter, and has been running beekeeping courses, workshops and talks at various levels from introduction, beginner to advanced, including Queen Rearing, History of beekeeping, Bee Health and Diseases and Other Pollinators; subjects she is particularly interested in. She was on the Brighton and Lewes Division Committee for 10 years, 6 of which as Secretary before becoming the Chairman of the Sussex Beekeepers' Association (SBKA) Executive Committee in 2013 for three years and is now the President of the SBKA.
Learning the art of beekeeping is a fascinating past-time, but beware it can become addictive from the very first time you open a hive and peer inside! It is an interest that can just keep growing, as you begin to understand more and more about how these little insects work as an incredible and complex colony there is endless knowledge to gain. Bees are under threat and need our help to survive, by understanding the behaviour and instincts of the honey bee along with their needs and the problems they are encountering you can help a vital part of our environment.
What's included in the price?
An informal day spent with others with a basic understanding of beekeeping. A wealth of information from a highly experienced beekeeper and a chance to progress your knowledge and understanding, along with a useful pack of course notes to take away. Where the bees and weather allow, this course will include an inspection of a bee hive. Lunch will be provided, including tea, coffee, water, and a 'honey-themed' cake. Parking is available at the entrance to our farm and our training room is just short walk down our track.
1. Bee Biology and behaviour
2. Nutritional and space requirements
3. Hive products and regulations
4. Inspections and what to look for
5. Managing Honey Bee Colonies
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6. Important Manipulations
7. Bee Health, Disease And Problems - How To Recognise And Treat Them
When & Where
Mantel Farm is a family run smallholding in the heart of the East Sussex Countryside. Our aim is to support our family in the most self sufficient and sustainable way as possible. We run a small scale family business, only selling products we have used ourselves and animals we have experience in keeping. Mantel Farm is on the outskirts of the historic town of Battle in the hamlet of Henley Down, between the villages of Catsfield and Crowhurst. It has been a poultry farm since the 1940's, originally producing poultry and eggs to the commercial market. When we purchased the farm it had ceased trading for a number of years, but it soon became our dream to not let this agricultural premises lay idle but to return it to its intended use, although on a smaller scale.