The class will be divided into four sections:
Morning Session 1 Briefly covers the benefits and enjoyable factors of keeping bees and then move into a brief history of beekeeping.
Break For Teas & coffee
Morning Session 2 will cover the biology of the bee and the different casts associated to the honey bee family; understanding the workings of the colony is key to knowing what is normal when examining a hive.
*** Break for Lunch***
Afternoon Session 3 we will look at the different Hive types and the advantages and disadvantages of each, how to handle the equipment. We will also talk about the costs associated with starting up beekeeping and how to source and site your bees when you get them. The second half of the session will emphasise how to determine the ‘health’ status of the
colony, how to carry out an inspection and what a good brood pattern looks like. We will also cover management of diseases and pests of honeybees
Afternoon Session 4 practical session. We will provide the opportunity to learn how to assemble frames and apply your knowledge to a working hive. (protective clothing will provided). Finally a question and answer session and the chance to browse around the shop.
The course will be held at our shop Abelo, Old Station Yard, Common Road, Dunnington, York, YO19 5EP.