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Beekeeping Courses
Presented by an Experienced Team from

Wimbledon Beekeepers

What past attendees have said:

"The course was excellent value for money. I really appreciate the time and effort put in by the trainers. I cannot praise them too highly"

"The course was well structured, well delivered and well humoured, all in all I really enjoyed it"

 

"An excellent course, provided by experienced, knowledgeable and friendly teachers. Thank you so much."

Over the last 18 years a number of new members have taken up the craft after attending our very popular courses.

They are designed for both those who are interested in starting beekeeping and those who just wish to know more about bees.

 

***Beekeeping Taster Days***

 

Saturday June 15th 2024

or

Saturday July 20th 2024

 

10:30am - 2:00pm (approx.)

Cost £60.00*

(please use the application form below)

*includes a jar of Wimbledon Beekeepers' Association honey

What goes on in the mysterious world of the beehive?

With guidance and demonstrators from Wimbledon Beekeepers' Association's beekeepers, you will have the opportunity to take a look inside a hive and discover the fascinating craft of beekeeping.

The session will consist of a practical introduction to the world of the honey bee and experience some of the various tasks a beginner will have to master. You'll be able to see inside a hive, hold a frame with honey bees on it and get to know if beekeeping is something for you.

Some of the basic beekeeping skills you will learn are:

  • Examine hive parts and how they all go together

  • An introduction to some of the equipment beekeepers use

  • Wearing a beesuit, using a smoker and the hive tool

  • Help opening a hive and remove frames for inspection

  • Look and identify the different castes of bee i.e. queen, workers and drones

  • Find the queen (hopefully) and recognise the difference between honey stores & brood

  • Understand about the management of diseases and pests of the honey bee

 

***A full beesuit and disposable gloves will be provided but please wear stout shoes or wellington boots***

Please note: In case of inclement weather, we reserve the right to postpone for the bees' protection

***Beekeeping for Beginners 2024***

Course Full!

A 10-week course offering an insight into honey bees, their life cycle and their place in the environment.

Also, hands on experience and knowledge of hive products.

We will provide you with a folder, notebook, pen, text book, along with course notes. 

Refreshments will be available throughout the course.

Theory Sessions 7:30pm

Monday 26th February                      Introduction & Biology

Monday 4th March                               Association evening

Monday 11th March                               Equipment & Tools

Monday 18th March                               Disease & Hygiene

Monday 25th March                             Colony Management

Monday 1st April                        Easter Monday (no course)

Monday 8th April                                    Association evening

Monday 15th April                                    Swarm Prevention

Monday 22nd  April          Recapping – Planning Apiary Visit

 Practical Sessions 10:30am

Sunday 28th April                              Apiary practical

Sunday 5th May                                Apiary practical

Sunday 12th May                               Apiary practical

Sunday 19th May                               Apiary practical

Cost £260.00

(please use the application form below)

***A full beesuit and disposable gloves will be provided but please wear stout shoes or wellington boots***

Please note: In case of inclement weather, we reserve the right to postpone for the bees' protection

For more information, please email courses@wimbledonbeekeepers.com

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