Beginners Theory Course (September & January)
This 10-week theory course is for anyone considering beekeeping for the first time. Dealing with the life-cycle of the bee, elementary management, setting up an apiary, and basic equipment, it consists of classroom-based sessions during the winter season. It provides the ideal preparation for our practical course, or provides the essential framework of knowledge for those who already have bees or who have started with a practical course.
Each session runs from 7:30pm to 9:30pm and is broken into two halves separated by refreshments.
The structure of the course is:
- Introduction to Beekeeping / Skeps, Nucs and Hives
- The Beekeeping Year (including pests) / Bee Equipment
- Bee Life-cycle and Bee Castes / Bee Handling
- Flight, Sight, Navigation, and Pollen Gathering / Siting Your Apiary
- Varroa / Feeding Equipment and Methods
- Swarming and Swarm Management / Frame Making
- Foul Brood / Hygiene, Boxes, Frames, Clean Comb
- Honey: Extraction and Processing / Hive Products inc. Legal Requirements
- How To Get Started With Bees / Swarm Control Exercise
- Rounding Up / Honey Sampling and Q&A
Our theory course is the natural precursor to our practical course for beginners.