Each year, depending on demand, we run two introductory courses …”Beekeeping For Beginners”… designed to introduce the craft of beekeeping to people who wish to find out more about this fascinating hobby. Many people who attend the courses decide that they want to begin beekeeping but this is by no means compulsory!
Next Courses will be in 2018
Our courses are held on Saturdays during March/April and July/August each year at the Riverford Organic Vegetables site, Sacrewell, Thornhaugh, Peterborough less than a mile from the A1/A47 junction close to Peterborough.
Registration is now open for our Summer Course 2018 which will run from 2.30 until 4.30 on successive Saturday afternoons probably throughout August.
Each week a different aspect of bees and beekeeping is explained and practical activities help reinforce the topics discussed. Each session is tutored by an experienced beekeeper.
Content for a Summer Course is usually:
- Week 1 The course format; Our Association; A brief history of beekeeping; Types of bee; Types of hive; Basic equipment; What is “normal”; Questions.
- Week 2 Hive products; Pollination; Feeding; Shows; Sales.
- Week 3 Hives and their assembly; Hive maintenance; Assembling frames; The hive in detail.
- Week 4 The Colony; The importance of the queen; Bee communication both chemical and physical; The skills needed in beekeeping; Castes; Swarming; Division of labour.
- Week 5 Pests and parasites; Problems; Disease; Neighbours; Practice in bee handling.
To request information or to enrol please get in touch with our treasurer Fred Daynes at firstname.lastname@example.org or any committee member.