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Bee-inspired Workshops 2015

Published 15.Dec.2014, 11:39pm

Patrick Murfet's Teaching Apiary
Students examining frames in the teaching apiary.

Course Title: Beekeeping taster event
Date: 21 March / 16 May 2015
Duration: 3 hours  (9am to 12pm)
Venue: The Bee Barn, Highland Court Farm, Off Coldharbour Lane, Nr Bridge, Canterbury, Kent, CT4 5HN
Cost: £25 (includes light refreshments)
The event is designed for people who want to experience beekeeping but not sure if they want to become beekeepers. It is ideal for anyone wanting to learn about beekeeping before considering taking a more detailed course. We will look at the types of equipment used, the good and the bad, some good ideas and some not so good, what protective clothing is needed, the life of a colony, the beekeeper’s year, how much time will it take, sitting the hive, stings and neighbours. We will inspect bees - you will get to handle live bees on a frame taken from one of our hives and subject to weather conditions, we will open up a hive outside in our dedicated teaching apiary.

All protective clothing will be supplied. You will need to bring wellingtons or other boots.
N.B. Please avoid buying equipment or clothing until we have discussed the best equipment for you, as not all equipment and clothing is the same. If you need advice or want to discuss possible future purchases then please email and I will do my best to help you.

Beekeeping Taster Day May 2015 (245 KB)
Download more information and May 2015 application form.
Beekeeping Taster Day March 2015 (245 KB)
Download more information and March 2015 applications form.

Course Title: Beginner’s beekeeping courses
Dates: 4 mornings (9am - 12pm): 11, 12, 25 & 26 April 2015
Dates: 4 mornings (9am - 12pm): 12, 19, 26 & 27 September 2015
Venue: The Bee Barn, Highland Court Farm, Off Coldharbour Lane, Nr Bridge, Canterbury, Kent, CT4 5HN
Cost: £75

The day will combine practical beekeeping with relevant theory in our purpose built classroom and at our dedicated training apiary. We avoid lengthy ‘classroom’ sessions and you will spend several hours at our dedicated teaching apiary working with the bees. You will get to handle live bees on a frame taken from one of our hives. We will work through the following subjects:

• Protective clothing: bee suits, gloves etc.
• The type of hives available - their strong and weak points
• Correct use of equipment such as hive tools, smoker etc.
• Sources for the supply of equipment, bees and queens
• Opening and closing hives at our teaching apiary
• Keeping your bees healthy
• The beekeeping year
The course aims to encourage question and answers and we also offer a free support service including help with setting up your home or out apiary and free email and telephone advice.
Please bring your own packed lunch - tea and coffee will be supplied. All protective clothing will be supplied. You will need to bring wellingtons or other boots.
N.B. Please avoid buying equipment or clothing until we have discussed the best equipment for you, as not all equipment and clothing is the same. If you need advice or want to discuss possible future purchases then please email and I will do my best to help you.

Beekeeping Course April 2015 (65 KB)
Download more information and application form for the Beginners Beekeeping Course 11th, 12th, 25th & 26th April 2015.
Beekeeping Course Application Form (37 KB)
Download more information and application form for the Beginners Beekeeping Course 12th, 19th, 26th & 27th September 2015.

All courses are tutored by Patrick K Murfet
Patrick has kept bees for over 12 years and holds the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) General Certificate in Beekeeping Husbandry - an examined course covering all aspects of beekeeping - and the BBKA Microscopy Certificate. He is an examiner for the BBKA. Patrick currently keeps around 260 hives that are used to pollinate various fruit crops in Kent for the largest UK farmer. He is a member of the Dover District Beekeepers Association and has won first class at their shows for his honey and candle making. Patrick supplies both equipment and bees for sale, including queens, which he rears based on the Buckfast bee developed by Brother Adams.

Corporate Days
Be inspired by the ultimate team bonding day and learn about the fascinating world of the honeybee!

If you are looking for a great idea for a company team day, we can run special tailor-made beekeeping taster events for your staff. At a time when the honeybee is under threat, this course will give you a look into how honeybee colonies work and also show your staff members how they - and your company - can give a helping hand to these hardworking pollinators.

We will be taking a look at the life of a bee colony in our laboratory, where we’ll also be showing fascinating slides under the microscopes of the various insects that are attacking our honeybees. We’ll look at how a beekeeper manages his hives over the course of a year and we’ll also be getting up close and personal with some bees. You will get to handle lives bees on a frame taken from one of our hives. Subject to weather conditions, we’ll also be going outside to our teaching apiary and taking a peek inside one of our hives. We’ll also talk about how we as individuals can help our honeybees by planting bee-friendly gardens, buying locally produced honey and even getting our own hives.

All protective clothing will be supplied. You will need to bring wellingtons or other boots.

Further details are available from Michelle Keeler 01227 833807 or Email: michellek@mannlake.co.uk (download more information).

Mann Lake UK
The Bee Barn, Highland Court Farm, Off Coldharbour Lane, Nr Bridge, Canterbury, Kent, CT4 5HN.
http://www.mannlakeltd.com

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Olivia Davis
30.Jun.2014 7:12pm [ 1 ]

Do you do any one to one or other group training before taster course in July. My husband has a hive and full starter kit but struggling to find any where to get any advise to get started. Many thanks Olivia

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