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Interested in learning about beekeeping or just learning more about bees?

 

Our Introduction to Beekeeping Course is specifically designed for beginners, equipping you with all of the basic knowledge of how to keep and look after honey bees.

Learn about the life of the bee, the different types of hive, threats to our bees, how to stay safe around bees and get hands-on experience handling bees. We also look at bee-friendly flowers, honey production, collection and much more.

Our next Introduction to Beekeeping Course starts on Sunday 22nd March 2020 and comprises of 4 x 2 hour classroom sessions and 2 x apiary visits. These sessions are run on Sunday afternoons (except Easter Sunday) between 2pm and 4pm. Don’t worry if you can’t make all of the sessions as comprehensive handouts are provided and there is time set aside for questions and answers allowing you to catch up.

Location: Methodist Church Hall. Middlefield Road, Hoddesdon EN11 9ED

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You can book by completing and returning the form below together with your payment or by contacting us at SEHBKA@outlook.com

NEXT COURSE STARTS SUNDAY 22nd MARCH 2020

 

Introduction to Beekeeping Course

2020 Syllabus

SESSION 1   The Honey Bee – Life cycle, Protective clothing, Stings, Getting started with Beekeeping

  • Identifying bees, wasps and hornets

  • Three castes of the honey bee and their function, life cycle and life expectancy

  • The stages/timings of development of Workers, Drones and Queens

  • Protective clothing, bee stings and how to treat them

  • How to get started with beekeeping

 

SESSION 2      The Hive and its Construction

  • Components of a hive  and their function

  • Types of hive – advantages/disadvantages

  • Frames –types, spacing and top/bottom bee space

  • Constructing frames and installing foundation

 

SESSION 3      Managing the Hive and Bees

  • Siting the hive – factors to consider

  • Annual cycle in managing the colony – inspections, adding/removing supers, feeding

  • Undertaking a hive inspection – smokers, hive tools and how to use them

  • Recognising the different cell types at different times of the year

  • Swarming – reading the signs, prevention, collection, re-hiving

 

SESSION 4      Apiary Visit 1

  • How to light a smoker and open a hive

  • Demonstration of the use of tools, equipment  and handling the bees

  • Inspect and recognise eggs, larvae, workers, drones, the queen, capped brood

  • Recognise capped stores, unripe honey, pollen

 

SESSION 5      Bee Pests and Diseases and Honey extraction

  • Awareness of pests and diseases than can affect honey bees

  • Notifiable diseases and their recognition

  • Prevention and treatment, good husbandry

  • Honey extraction – when to remove supers, how to extract honey, bottling and labelling

 

SESSION 6      Apiary Visit 2

 

Course Location:  Methodist Church Hall, Middlefield Road, Hoddesdon, EN11 9ED 

Time:                 Sessions commence Sunday 22nd March 2020, 2pm – 4pm and run for 6                                Sunday afternoons (excluding Easter Sunday)  In total there are 4 classroom

                         sessions and 2 apiary visits. 

South East Herts Beekeepers Association – a local branch of Hertfordshire Beekeepers Association and a member of the British Beekeepers Association

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