There has been an increase in the interest in bee keeping. We now have a number of new members, and will be holding a course called “Hobby Bee Keeping Intro” which will have a theory and practical half day.
New BK’s can get hold of hives, suits and all the bits of bee keeping, the big problem is to get hold of bees. This can be achieved most easily by buying bees from an established BK, or by a swarm which may be quite difficult in the years to come. Most of our established BK’s are reluctant to provide bees for a new BK who has no training in keeping bees. We have arranged a simple introductory course of 4 hours of theory, and 4 hours of practical beekeeping would be enough to get you started – and a mentor or buddy would be essential to advise you and look over your shoulder now and then.
The goals are that the student learn some essential theory of bee keeping, and the simple practical issue of how to open a hive safely.
The course will be 2 half days, on 19 and 26 September 2015, from 1 PM to 5 PM – the place of the theory will be announced in the week before the course starts, and the practical will be divided up into different apiaries. The cost will be $60, and $30 for membership of the club.
A hive and bees will not be part of the course. You also need to have your own gear such as suit or veil, smoker, and hive tool – or you can borrow what you need from a beekeeper. Don’t plan on being close to an open hive just wearing a veil, use a full suit.
The tutors will be Otto Hyink and Tudor Caradoc-Davies
Please get in touch with Tudor directly at firstname.lastname@example.org