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Beekeeping Refresher – Evening Course
Thu 20 April 2017, 19:00 – 21:00 BST
For those who wish to refresh their knowledge of beekeeping. Tailored especially for 'fairly new beekeepers' keen to do the best for their bees at the start of the new beekeeping season.
Mike has been a Beekeeper since 1972 and has attained many BBKA modules. He is an examiner for the BBKA Basic and General Examinations.
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 evening spent with others who have just started out in beekeeping. A wealth of information from a highly experienced beekeeper and a chance to discuss your new beekeeping experiences with others at a similar stage to yourself. Light refreshments 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. Preparation for the new season
Have you been keeping bees for a year or so and having seen your bees flying on recent warm days, taken a sigh of relief that they have made it through the winter? Now all you need to do is remember all the knowledge gained on your beginners course! Well this evening will cover the important steps to prepare for the new season...
2. Swarm control
Having settled your colony into a new hive in the last year or so it is now important to be aware of swarm control. Mike will discuss the key things to look out for and demonstrate methods to control swarming.
3. Tea and Cake
Refreshments will be served during a Q & A session
4. Questions and Answers
A general discussion session with beekeepers at a similar stage to yourself. If you have any key questions please let us know in advance.