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Beginning Your Beekeeping - Weekend Beginners Course

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Mantel Farm

Henley Down

Catsfield

Battle

TN33 9BN

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Beginning your Beekeeping Weekend with Jill and Mike - 14th and 15th July 2018

An intensive course to get you started, explaining all about the honey bee, helping you choose your hive and equipment, how and where to set up your apiary, the bees management and pests and diseases. Not forgetting when and how to extract that lovely honey. An informal couple of days spent with others interested in beekeeping.

Mike has been a Beekeeper since 1972. He is the ex-chairman and current President of the Hasings & Rother Beekeeping Association. (H&R BKA). He represents the division for H&R BKA at Sussex Beekeeping Association and is an examiner for the BBKA Basic and General examinations.

Jill keeps up to six colonies of bees and has been both beekeeping and training for many years. She is an active member of the Hastings and Rother Beekeeping Association and has run both introductory and other courses for beginners for the last six years.

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.

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A wealth of information from a highly experienced beekeeper and a chance to see the different equipment available, 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 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. The Honey Bee - The bee colony, biology and life cycle

2. Equipment and Costs - Hive equipment, frames, wax, tools, personal protection

3. The Apiary - Apiary layout, siting the hives, responsibilities and safety

4. Managing Honey Bee Colonies - Inspections, swarm control, uniting and moving colonies

5. Bee Health and Diseases - Bee diseases, pests & other problems, how to recognize & treat them

6. The importance of Plants - Requirements of honey bees and other pollinators

7. Honey Harvest - Honey extraction & handling, equipment & costs

8. Information, Help and Support - Resources, books & magazines, local organizations, obtaining bees

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TN33 9BN

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