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An Introduction to Beekeeping Workshop
Sat 29 July 2017, 10:00 – 15:00 BST
Interested in keeping bees, but don’t know what’s involved or how to get started? This one-day workshop will give you an overview of the craft of beekeeping. Our experienced beekeeper will cover the fundamental requirements for bee and hive management and will give you a real feel for the art of beekeeping and a good understanding of whether or not this is a hobby you wish to pursue.
The 5-hour course will begin with a classroom introduction and a practical look inside a hive. You will learn about the honey bee colony and beekeeping year, how and where to set up an apiary, bee behaviour and the role of the beekeeper. After lunch we will discuss how to choose essential equipment and bee stock and learn about specific aspects of urban beekeeping. You will also gain an understanding of the cost and time involved, but also the benefits you will reap in return. The day will end with another exploration inside a hive where once more, you will handle bees.
Protective beekeeping suits and gloves will be provided but please wear a long-sleeved top or shirt, long trousers and bring along a pair of wellies. Please do not wear perfume or aftershave, drink alcohol, eat a banana, or work with horses on the day. If you wear reading glasses, please bring them.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Eric Beaumont has been a professional beekeeper for nine yesars and manages 25 colonies of bees across urban North London and into rural Essex. Beekeeping was a hobby for his father after the war and he has fond memories from this period which has inspired him since. Eric uses this knowledge and inspiration to teach beekeeping skills and spread the message that bees represent much more than honey.
This event is suitable for ages 16+
Please note: No dogs are allowed at Woodberry Wetlands except guide dogs for the sight impaired.
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