Beekeeping an Introduction – Sat 14 and Sun 15 May 2022 (2-days)
Martineau Gardens has been running these popular beekeeping courses for a number of years. This weekend course will be taught by Sam Walker and Jane Nimmo (Sat 14 and Sun 15 May), and takes place in the grounds of our beautiful comuunity garden, Martineau Gardens. Each day, the course runs from 10am with an approximate finish of 4pm (it may overrun a little), with a half-hour break for lunch. The total cost for both days is £125 (no concessions). You will need to bring a packed lunch since there is no cafe (no bananas! – all will be explained on the course) but hot and cold drinks are provided. All protective clothing will be provided and laundered in between each use, but you will need to bring a pair of wellies which will stop bees getting up your trouser leg (you won’t need to wear them all day) and a note pad. It’s helpful to bring a cap, (and a hairband if you have long hair).
Advance booking is essential.
To teach an understanding of small scale ‘hobbyist’ beekeeping. This will allow delegates to understand what is involved in keeping bees. Although the course is normally classroom based, within the grounds of Martineau Gardens, there will be some practical elements. Depending on weather we hope to have some practical time in the apiary too. Following on from the enthusiasm and uptake of our one-day ‘tasters’, this course will give you more in-depth information. Students will be expected to continue to self study / have guidance from an association to attain a good understanding before buying bees.
Introduction to the course
Types of hives
Buying a Nucleus
Obtaining a swarm
Buying a complete colony
Precautions when obtaining bees
Reading list and notes
Beekeeping association membership
Honey bee life cycle.
Cycle of work in the apiary.
Artificial swarm without finding the queen
Finally in conclusion
There will also be an opportunity for the delegates to visit the apiary at Martineau Gardens weather permitting during the course or on another date if weather is unsuitable
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