Beginners Practical Course (April)
This nominally 14-week practical course builds upon the theory course and provides ample experience of handling bees. The course starts in April and runs through to the end of July; a period covering the build up of the colony coming out of winter, the swarming season, and the main nectar flow in June and July. All the practical work is done within our our own apiary grounds where we have around 50 colonies. We encourage beginners to use this course to get used to handling bees before committing to the expense of equipment and bees.
Sessions run on Wednesdays from 6:00pm to 8:30pm or on Thursdays 10:30am to 12:30pm. By arrangement students may mix attendance of the Wednesday evening and Thursday daytime.
The structure of the course is:
- Basic Handling of Honeybees
- Examination of the Honeybee Colony
- Swarm Control
- Avoidance of Robbing
- Apiary Hygiene and Disease Control
Students attending our practical course have the opportunity to buy a nucleus, or "nuc", of our beginner-friendly bees at a significantly discounted price. You may even look after your future nuc as part of your practical experience.