Aims of Course
This course is suitable for those who wish to:-
- Discover more about beekeeping and/or
- Decide whether beekeeping is a suitable hobby and/or
- Start beekeeping.
The 12 hour course over one weekend; both days consisting of mornings in the classroom and afternoons in the apiary:-
- 2 hours Theory
- 2 hours Theory
- 2 hours Practical
Wiltshire Bee Centre, Old Yatesbury Airfield, near Calne SN11 8FA.
Thanks to Fee and Terry Cooke who will teach the course. They are both Honorary members of Kennet Beekeepers and have been key officers at both Club and County level. They have taught Beekeeping for many years; Fee still is a key contributor to our standard Introduction course and Basic study groups. The Wiltshire Bee Centre is operated by Fee and Terry who are bee farmers with a strong interest in promoting education of the honey bee and her environment.
See Education main page for course dates
The theory will cover:-
- Life cycle of the honey bee; nature of the colony and the individual bee;
- Forage: what and how bees locate forage; processing nectar into honey
- Equipment : personal, hives and frames
- Beekeeping Year: inspecting the bees throughout the seasons
- Keeping the bees healthy: recognizing a healthy colony; managing pests and diseases.
- Swarm management
- Honey extraction; other products of the hive
- Getting started: setting up an apiary; health and safety issues; purchasing bees and equipment
The practical will cover:-
- Bee handling
- Colony inspection
However, under certain weather conditions, it will not be possible for the bee hives to be opened. In that case, the afternoon apiary sessions will be rescheduled for another day.
Course Extension – the Club Apiary is open for various weekend sessions throughout the season for course members to gain further experience handling bees.
Cost of Course:
- £36 for members. The total cost for the course and full membership is £84. Membership includes affiliation of both County and National organisations, in addition to helpful emails from the National Bee Unit and the BBKA’s monthly magazine. It also includes insurance (please see the membership page of our website for full details).
- £52 for non members without bees, this includes associate membership (£16) which gives access to all of Kennet facilities, especially apiaries and library. Non members with bees will need to become full members.
Early application is advised as the course. It also enables applicants to gain some of the membership benefits before the Course starts. Priority will be given to local members who make early application.
Please contact Emma Morley, Education Co-ordinator, for the full details and an application form.
Click this link or see Contacts page for contact details.
Completion of the Form with payment will confirm your place on the Course.