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Now that you have attended one of our taster sessions and you want to learn a whole lot more before you get your own bees then this is the course for you.
Here are just some of the topics that will be covered in the class room studies:
Life in the beehive - understanding the life of a colony. The queen, workers and drones.
Getting down to basics - Equipment, history of hives and bees. Parts of a beehive and practical session making frames.
Beekeepers Year - Understanding how the colony develops throughout the year, their needs and changes as the seasons change.
Swarming - Why they swarm what are the signs that they are going to swarm and what, as a beekeeper, we can do to control swarming.
Things that go wrong - problems and stings
Bee Diseases - identification and techniques to resolve them.
Fruits of your labour - Harvesting honey, composition, conversion and storage.
Processing - extracting, bottling and storage. Marketing, showing, presentation, legislation and selling.
In the apiary session you'll get the opportunity to put into practice what you have learnt in the class room under the supervision of a senior beekeeper working with a mentor. Here are just some of the practices and skills you'll learn:
Apiary and beehive hygiene best practices,
Recognise the construction of a hive and the components that have been used and why.
Colony inspection procedures and the importance of record keeping.
Learn to recognise issues in the hive and some common methods of resolving those issues.
The ability to look at a hive and recognise a good working hive and some of the early signs of a problem hive.
Identification of bees, queen, drone and worker
Learn how to identify healthy brood and some of the early signs that the colony may be in trouble.
Recognise the different comb and to what the uses that bees put each of them to.
You'll see some basic disease control and how the levels of varroa mite can be managed.
If you are interested in more details about this course then please send an email to Peter the secretary email@example.com