Introduction to Beekeeping

The course is aimed at those with serious intentions of becoming beekeepers, but with little or no knowledge of beekeeping. The Course runs on alternate Tuesday evenings each month from February to April, starting at 7.00pm and is to be held at Luddington Village Hall, near Stratford-upon-Avon.

The apiary sessions are held in Hampton Lucy at the end of April on Sundays from 2.30pm.

The topics covered for each week are as follows:

Week 1 Different hive types and their parts. The siting of an apiary. Equipment,
including tools, clothing, etc. Costs of beekeeping. Recommended books.
Week 2 The life cycle of honey bees and other relevant factors, including the
different castes, their development and behaviour.
Week 3 Honey bee health. Pests and diseases, with their treatment
Week 4 The beekeeping year, including what to look for both inside and outside
the hive, and swarm control.
Week 5 Hive products, including honey extraction.
Summing up.
Week 6 Practical hands-on sessions at the Association Apiary at Hampton Lucy
Week 7 Practical hands-on sessions at the Association Apiary at Hampton Lucy

The total cost will be £75.00.

Advice and help will be available on the procurement of bees and equipment. We have an agreement with a local hive supplier for special prices, and we expect to be able to provide bees for those who join the Association from local swarms and/or from the Association’s apiary at a reasonable cost. The sessions will be informal, with time for discussion and questions, and ongoing support is available for members throughout the year. Monthly meetings at the Association’s apiary during the year enable continuing practical experience to be obtained in the company of experienced beekeepers. The Association has a well stocked library and an equipment loan scheme for items such as honey extractors.

The following dates have been scheduled for this course: Tuesdays 9 & 23 February, 9 & 23 March, 6 April 2021,   Sundays 11 & 25 April 2021 (Apiary)
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