- City: Sudbury
- State: Suffolk
- Country: England
- Zip/Postal Code: CO10 5LZ
- Listed: July 25, 2013 10:13 am
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This course is an introduction to the subject, with the emphasis on the practical aspects of bee-keeping and is designed for beginners. It’s an opportunity to see whether beekeeping is for you or not, without wasting too much time or money. We will have a look at some beehives but not the inhabitants on this occasion. Today is a theory-only day (but Simon manages to make quite a dry subject funny). The practical Hands on the Hive is another course, with only a few people each time, so needs to be booked up early. See separate entry.
On Saturday 14 September, there is a whole day on bee diseases, given by Sandra Gray, our local bee inspector. See separate entry.
History, stings, the inhabitants of the hive, life cycle, equipment, locating hives, stocking hives, collecting a swarm, bee space, first inspection, marking the queen and clipping her wings, swarming, building up a weak stock, hive products, harvest, extracting, bottling and marketing.
Please let us know if you cannot attend at the last minute as there are usually waiting lists for these courses.
Books to read (beforehand makes it easier to understand!)
Frank Vernon, Teach Yourself Beekeeping, Hodder & Stoughton
Ted Hooper, Guide to Bees and Honey, Marston House
Oliver Field, Honey by the Ton, Northern Bee Books (01422 882751)
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