Beginner Training

Winter Training for would-be beekeepers –

18 and 25 February and 4, 18 & 25 March 2018

2:15 pm until 4:30 pm – Petersfield Community Centre – Exhibition Room –easy parking

Introductory Session – 18th February –

Brief outlines:

  • What is a honey bee.

  • How does it live.

  • Brief history of beekeeping

  • Where do we keep them.

  • How do we house them.

  • Hardware involved in keeping them.

  • Amount of work involved in their care and management

  • Basic beekeeping year

  • Why they swarm.

  • Hazards to keeper (stings and allergies) to bees.

  • Rewards. 

Session 2: The life of the Bee Colony – 

  • Bee Life cycle

  • Colony Life cycle

  • swarming

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Session 3: Keeping Bees – 

  • Basic hive & components

  • Bee Space (fundamental building block)

  • Establishing an apiary

  • Colony Management across the year

  • Importance of record-keeping

  • Importance of keeping healthy bees 

  • New Bee Graham R 2017

Session 4: Colony Forage and Products – 

  • What bees collect

  • Forage variations

  • Bee products & uses by bees

  •  Forage 2017 pippa

Session 5: Honey & wax – 

  • Honey

    • Composition

    • Variations

    • Harvesting

    • Treatment

    • Storage/Selling/Distributing

  • Wax Recovery & use.

Please contact Morag Crawley on 01730 267168 to book a place or for more details

Petersfield Community Centre – Exhibition Room –easy parking