This will be an informal, non-examination course. No previous knowledge or experience is required.
To provide prospective beekeepers with:
- An understanding of the ecological and economic importance of the Honeybee.
- The basic knowledge required for the successful management of a colony of honeybees.
- Dates: Sunday 3, 17, 24 February & 3 & 17 March 2013
- Times: From 2:15 pm until 4:30 pm
- Where: Petersfield Community Centre – Exhibition Room –easy parking
- Course notes will be provided
The afternoon of the 3rd February 2013 will take the form of a free introductory course.
Please Note: Anyone wishing to attend the four further sessions will be required to book in advance.
A fee will be charged; this will include Associate membership of PDBKA.
Although this course has only a small practical element you will, as Associate members, be welcome to attend the practical training meetings held throughout the summer season as part of the association’s normal training and improvement programme.
Free Introductory Session – 3 February – Instructor: Morag Crawley
- What is a honey bee, (as opposed to bumble, hover, solitary etc)
- how does it live, (communal structure and how that differs from those above)
- brief history of beekeeping
- where do we keep them (garden, apiary etc)
- how do we house them (hive types)
- hardware involved in keeping them (not just a beehive!)
- amount of work involved in their care and management
- basic beekeeping year
- why they swarm (no hols in swarming time!)
- hazardsto keeper (stings and allergies) to bees (varroa, animals, man)
- rewards honey (what it is and its care) increased pollination increased awareness of insects
For sessions 2, 3, 4 & 5 Booking and payment of a fee of £30 will be required. Attendance will be limited to 20 persons
Session 2 17th February– Instructor: Brian Herbert
- Composition (castes)
- Bee Life cycle
- Colony Life cycle
- Colony Management
- Bee Space (fundamental building block)
- Basic hive types
- Hive composition
Equipment (personal and apiary)
Session 3 – 24 February– Instructor: Pippa Barker
Colony Forage and Products
- Pollen, pollination
- Nectar, Honey production
- Seasonal variations
Session 4 – 3 March – Instructor: Brad Davis
The Beekeeping Year
- Autumn, winter, spring, summer
- Importance of record-keeping
- Swarming and swarm control
- Swarm collection
- Pests and diseases
- Importance of keeping healthy bees
- Control methods
Session 5 – 17 March – Instructor: Debbie Park
The Hive hardware and handling (indoor practical on dummy hives)
- Basic tools and use of them
- Handling hive and component parts
- Frames and wax
Setting up an Apiary
- Getting the bees
- Local, county and national Associations
- Joining the Association and what we offer
Please contact Morag Crawley on: 01730 893429 to book a place or for more details