This is a two and a half hour course introducing the prospective beekeeper to the hobby.
All beesuits/veils will be supplied but please bring wellington boots and Marigold type gloves,wear thick trousers preferably not jeans. The course will outline the castes of the Honeybee The various hive types including the new Beehaus will be explained their pros and cons to be discussed.
A Dartington Long Hive (Beehaus Predecessor) is on site as well as a Beehaus both with colonies of bees in. We also have traditional hives on site also with bees in them.
Getting safely kitted up to inspect bees, beesuits their pros and cons will be discussed Smokers,their use, lighting and fuels will be demonstrated.
Hive tool types will be on display and their pros and cons discussed. Apiary hygiene will be explained and its importance for colony health. Feeder types will also be demonstrated, relative advantages/disadvantages. WEATHER PERMITTING:
We will be opening and inspecting colonies of bees in various hives to carry out an inspection, the queen, workers, honey,pollen and brood in all stages will be identified.
Any questions will be answered as we go and after the colonies have been closed up.
Further information sources will be given along with sources for Nuclei to get you started. (websites, forums and recommended reference books) Please note colonies will only be opened if warm and dry, at least one hive will have a glass coverboard so that bees can bee seen if it is too cold for full inspection.
Course wll be weather permitting, so confirmation will be advised nearer the time.
Date: To be arranged with customers
Wheelchair Access: No
Dog Friendly: No
Child Friendly: Yes
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