Thinking of becoming a bee keeper?
Saturday, 13 April 2019
At our Northop College Apiary 1.30pm
Session will be a brief introduction to what it takes to become a beekeeper with a visit into the Association hives.
Cost £10 per person, over 14 years only.
Places limited to 12.
The next session will be later in September 2018 if you do not get a place on this session.
Please contact the Secretary to book your place.
Practical Beginners Course April 2019
Venue : Northop Apiary except first meeting
Making a hive and hive parts. Practical session to show how to make up frames, brood box, supers. To explain the parts of a hive. We will be building a flat pack hive so it would be useful if participants brought along a small hammer.
Handling the bees, lighting a smoker, protective gear and colony records. Full beesuits will be needed for this session as we go through the hive recording what we find. Bring along your smoker to have a go at lighting.
The bee colony. Full beesuits will be needed for this session as we look at the different bees in the hive, find the Queen and possibly mark her.
Controlled expansion. Full beesuits will be needed for this session as we look at a hive preparing to swarm and how to deal with this.
Disease. Full beesuits will be needed for this session as we look through the hives to check for any sign of disease and discuss treatments.
Honey Session ( May/August/September)
Taking the honey crop (and varoa treatment). This will be arranged when the crop is ready throughout the season.
There are a limited number of association beesuits available to borrow. So although not essential it is advisable to provide your own.
Course numbers are restricted, the cost is £60 payable in advance. Course participants will be able to put their name on a list for a nuc. We can not guarantee when they will become available.
Please contact the secretary to book your place.