Beginners Course - 2014

8th, 15th March and 12th April 2014

This beginners course is for anyone who is thinking of keeping bees, producing honey or may be wants to get up to date with current practice before starting.

Printable syllabus, map and application form (pdf)

The course will be held over three weekends: It is a mix of class-room work on Saturdays and practical work on the Sunday mornings, weather permitting.

Saturday 8th March 09:50-12:30, 13:00-16:00
Sunday 9th March 10:30-12:30 (practical, weather permitting)
Saturday 15th March 10:00-12:15, 12:45-15:30
Sunday 16th March 10:30-12:30 (practical, weather permitting)
Saturday 12th April 10:00-12:15, followed by hive inspection (weather permitting).

Saturday 8th March 2014 

9.50am

Arrival & Registration

 

10.00am

Welcome & Introduction To The Course Team

Jo Telfer

10.05am

About bees, wasps, bumblebees & solitary bees

Jo Telfer

10.20am

Colony, Social Life, Castes and Functions

Judy Earl

11.00am

Equipment: the hive explained

John Van Dyken

11.40am

Coffee/Tea Break

 

12.00am

Equipment: bee suits/veils/gloves, hive tool, smoker

John Van Dyken

12.30am

Lunch break -Please bring your own food. Coffee and Tea provided

 

1pm

Where To Keep Bees: Choosing a site (garden, allotments, neighbours). Bee Stings

Moira Spiers

1.30pm

Local Forage: Nectar, Pollen, Propolis & Moving Bees

Judy Earl

2:15pm

comfort break + tea

 

2:30pm

Care of Equipment- hygiene

Moira Spiers

3.00pm

Present Day Problems For Bees

Jo Telfer

3:30pm

Any questions? What to bring/wear in the morning.

 

Sunday 9th March 2014

10.30am

Making a frame

Assembling a hive

Looking at bees in hive (weather dependent)

All

 Saturday 15th March 2014

10.00am

Four Seasons. Spring management.
What are the bees doing month by month

Doreen Tylden Patterson

10.40am

Summer build up

John House

11.15am

Coffee/Tea Break

 

11.30am

Swarming. Reasons for it! Collecting a swarm

Doreen Tylden Patterson

12.15pm

Lunch- please bring something with you. Tea/coffee are provided

 

12:45pm

Seasons: Autumn Harvest Time.

Bill Fitzmaurice

1.30pm

Short break for tea/coffee/Mead taster
‘Winter preparation’

Bill Fitzmaurice

2pm

How to get started. Swarm or nucleus? Build your hive and decide on location.

Brian Desborough or John House

2.30pm

Join the HBKA/Insurance through BBKA

Jo Telfer

Sunday 16th March 2014

10.30am

Sunday March 16th 10.30 -12.30 apiary practical continued.
Remember- Looking into bee hives is weather dependent!
Brian Desborough -Equipment officer- Hives on sales/Sundays

All

 Saturday 12th April 2014

10.00am

How to prevent bees from swarming: swarm control for beginners

TBA

11.00am

Coffee/Tea Break

 

11.15am

Bee Diseases: how to recognize problems

TBA

12.15am

Looking at bees in a hive (weather dependent)

 

Please bring your own lunch. Tea/Coffee will be provided. Cost £70.

Cheques payable to: HBKA

c/o The Treasurer,

Mr A Kutner,

26 Ilmington Road,

Kenton HA3 0NH.

Please park your car at turning circle by the swimming pool. Toilet facilities are available on site. Please send your cheque, with name, address, telephone number and email details. Receipts will not be issued unless you request one: we will confirm your place on the course and refund your cheque should the course be full.