The branch will be running a Beginner’s Course in March 2017 for anyone interested in becoming a beekeeper. The course is being run by an experienced and nationally-qualified beekeeper, Julie Coleman, and is now in its 12th successful year.
The dates will be the weekend of 18th and 19th March, 10am – 4.00pm, and the course covers all aspects of beekeeping for the beginner; there will be lectures, demonstrations, some practical tasks and a video. Weather permitting we may open some hives on the second day.
The course cost is £75, which will include the two classroom days and hands-on mentoring throughout the following season. Beesuits will be available for use on the practical session but course members will need to bring their own wellington boots and gloves – ‘Marigold’ or similar gloves are suitable. Delegates will need to bring a packed lunch.
The fee for the course will also include a year’s membership of the British Beekeepers’ Association (http://www.bbka.org.uk/) and the monthly magazine ‘BeeCraft’. There will be an option for beginner beekeepers to buy a suitable starter nucleus of bees at a discount price once the course is completed and to be provided with a mentor to help with the first year of beekeeping.Anyone interested in the course should contact Julie Coleman in the first instance. A deposit of £10.00 is required, in advance.
Please note that it is not necessary (or a good idea) to buy hives and equipment before attending the course. There are several different types of hive and what you work with will be affected by your situation and by the strain of bees that you start with. You will have plenty of opportunity to talk through what would be the best hive for yourself and your bees during and after the course.
Email: contact Julie
Further professional development for beekeepers
The programme of courses run under the aegis of the ‘Beekeepers @ KSRC’ will be shown soon, on their website at http://ksrcbees.org.uk/. Please note that they say “The courses listed are targeted at those who wish to improve their skills and so the courses are intended for beekeepers with at least 2 seasons’ experience of managing bees, and/or those who have acquired at least the BBKA basic certificate in beekeeping. Beginner beekeepers are directed to their local associations, where they will find lots of support for taking the first steps in beekeeping.”