Weekend Bee School
Our weekend course is two days of theory and practical teaching on the ins-and-outs of becoming a beekeeper. We will equip you with the skills you need to start your own apiary, maintain your equipment, prevent and manage diseases and pests and understand more about the world of bees and pollination. This course is suitable if you’re a total beginner or know a few of the buzz words – we will cover all bases.
- Solitary bees, bumblebees and other wild pollinators and how to support dwindling populations.
- Life cycles, roles and behaviours of honey bees.
- Different types of hives, what equipment is needed and how to choose an appropriate apairy site.
- Good practice and hygiene.
- What is involved in a beekeeper’s year.
- A practical, hands on hive inspection in our working apiary.
- Swarming behaviours, swarm control and swarm prevention.
- Queen marking.
- Good housekeeping and honey bee disease and pest prevention, spotting and management.
- Honey extractions and other honey bee products.
- Legal obligations and local associations.
- Another session doing a hive inspection in our working apiary.
The course runs from 10am-4:30pm both days. Lunch, teas, coffees and snacks are included. Please let us know any dietary requirements beforehand. Not only are our team kind, fun and knowledgeable, they’re also qualified emergency first aiders for adults, paediatrics and anaphylaxis, so we like to think you’re in good hands.