Coventry Beekeepers will be running a two day introductory course for “Beginners to Beekeeping”. The Course is intended to be the first step for anyone who wants to find out more about Beekeeping or is thinking of taking it up as a hobby.
Dave Bonner, the course tutor, says that “Anyone who wants to find out more about Beekeeping and what is involved would benefit from the course. There is a general view that you get a hive of bees, put it in the garden and harvest the honey. The reality is not quite like that.”
The course will cover
Bee behaviour, Swarm control, Queen rearing.
How to keep bees healthy and how to identify Bee Diseases.
Honey - how to harvest it, process it and the law with respect to selling it.
The equipment needed and where that can be bought.
How to choose an apiary site.
How to get involved, joining associations, getting your first bees.
The course will take place over weekend in February 2018 (Dates to be confirmed!). Starting at 10am on Saturday morning. Price will be circa £80 per delegate (To be confirmed), payable in full at time of booking. Places are limited to 18.
Dave says “Beekeeping is a skill that you can learn and this course is very much an introduction, a starting point. Beekeeping is a fascinating and challenging hobby. There are so many facets to it. You can produce honey to sell, undertake Queen rearing, learn about Beeswax and how to use that, Mead making or, like me, end up going to Africa with the charity “Bees Abroad” and use the skill to teach communities how to keep bees and how to earn money to relieve their poverty.”
An opportunity to put on a beesuit and handle bees at the Coventry Branch Apiary will also be offered at a later date (when it is warmer!).
If you are considering taking up beekeeping in the near future, and looking for a beginner's course - or simply interested in the basics of beekeeping - please register your interest by completing the form given immediately below this notice and we will contact you with course details once they are known. Remember to click 'Send form' at the bottom once you have added your details!
Previous Beginner's Courses
CBKA Honey Show 2017
Information on this year's CBKA Honey Show is all available here!
Beekeeping Taster Afternoons 2017
Bookings are now being taken for these popular events that give you a first insight into Beekeeping. Click HERE for details.
Beekeeping Course 2017
We ran our annual full weekend Beginner's Beekeeping Course on 18/19 February 2017.
If you wish to register your interest in next year's course, please click HERE!
If you wish to purchase local honey, please follow this link.