A day of practical beekeeping in which we will learn how to handle live bees, exploring the main aspects involved in keeping a hive or two of bees.
Held at Little Chart Church, from 10.30 to 5.00, on Saturday 27 May, 10 June, 22 July, 12 August or Wednesday 19 July.
Bee have been around for about a 100 million years, they evolved in parallel with the flowering plants that have provided us with much of the food and material we need for life. Honeybees have developed a complex, sophisticated and social society, organised and working hard for the common good of the colony. Beekeepers need to understand the honeybee way of doing things in order to look after them, in so doing they find out about this fascinating little creature and learn why they have been so valued and admired.
In our day course, we cover the main activities required to keep a colony of bees healthy and happy. We concentrate on the practical aspects of beekeeping so we will be examining live honeybee colonies during the day (weather permitting). With guidance, we will learn how to manipulate the hive, use of hive tools and smoker, recognise and understand the bees’ activities and organisation, and how to deal with common problems. We will also cover honey extraction and production. We provide a delicious lunch and refreshments through the day.
Course tutors are Nick and Jennifer Mengham. We have been involved with beekeeping since 1991. For much of this period Nick has been a commercial bee farmer, harvesting and selling honey and hiring out hives for pollination. He manages 150 hives of bees and holds the general certificate in bee husbandry and the PTLLS qualification in education.
Cost £70, or £78 if you need to hire a bee suit. Bee suits will be required. Teas and coffees, lunch and hand outs are included.