THE 2019 BEEKEEPING COURSES ARE NOW FULLY SUBSCRIBED AND WE THEREFORE REGRET WE CANNOT ACCEPT ANY MORE APPLICATIONS
2019 BEEKEEPING COURSES
INTRODUCTION TO BEEKEEPING
This course (NOW FULLY SUBSCRIBED) is run by The Guernsey Beekeepers Association and is an introduction to keeping, managing and caring for your own colony of honeybees. Further knowledge and experience will be gained by establishing your own hive and support will be forthcoming from the tutor and association members. It is designed for complete beginners who wish to go on to keep their own bees.
The five theory sessions will be undertaken in the classroom during late winter/early spring. A further five practical sessions will give the students the opportunity to open and work beehives and will take place during early summer times and locations will be advised.
Further practical experience can be gained by joining the Association and participating in the weekly evening practical sessions, guided by experienced beekeepers
The theory sessions will be illustrated using PowerPoint and classes will cover the life cycle of the honeybee, activities inside the hive, an explanation of the Beekeeper's year, products of the hive, swarming and its management, diseases and parasites, tools and equipment needed together with an idea of costs.
The five practical sessions are usually held on a Saturday afternoon but may need to change to suit prevailing weather conditions.
Participants will open and inspect hives under the guidance of the tutor, learning points to be observed in the management of the colony. The final practical session will deal with the products of the hive and how to process them. Protective suits will be required for the practical sessions but will be provided as part of the course.
Gloves may also be available otherwise students will provide their own usually marigold kitchen gloves. Suitable boots will also be required to prevent the ankle being exposed. Course members will be encouraged to join the Guernsey Beekeepers Association at the end of the course.
GUERNSEY BEEKEEPERS’ ASSOCIATION INTRODUCTION TO BEEKEEPING 2019
St Saviours Community Centre
Five Theory Sessions.
Tuesday evenings. 7 – 9 pm starting 19 March 2019.
19 March Introductions
Taking up Beekeeping
Honey bees, wasps, solitary bee's, Bumble bees
The Importance of beekeeping.
The Honeybee colony it's makeup and division of labour
Life in the Hive
The hive types used in Guernsey.
Beekeeping Equipment, Beekeeping Tools and Personal Protection
Hives and their assembly, important points to watch
he Beekeepers Year-explanation of the care of your bees through one season
Honey Bee parasites Honeybee diseases
Swarming Prevention and Swarm collection
Preparing Bees for winter
Choosing a location and Siting your hive
Products of the hive: Honey, Beeswax, Propolis, Mead
Belonging to the Association.
Arrangements for Practical Sessions
Five Practical Sessions.
Usually 2pm on a Saturday at the GSPCA HQ St Andrews, Dates & Venues will be confirmed. Saturdays can be affected by the weather, which may require them to be re-arranged to the next day [Sunday] or at the very worst a week night.
These are the potential dates:
Kitting up. Use of smoker and tools. Introduction to a bee hive
Students open hive
Students open hive
Finding the Queen, marking, Swarm prevention
8 or 15 June
Removing the honey crop. Honey Extraction, Beeswax.
Please join the Guernsey Beekeepers’ Association and participate in the many meetings they organise throughout the year. This would enable you to decide whether beekeeping is for you. You would be able to meet with and talk to members. A membership form can be obtained from the 2018 MEMBERSHIP & COLONY REQUEST FORM Heading on this website.
The Association has protective clothing which can be borrowed for practical meetings but you would need to have your own wellies and marigolds.
So think about joining and having a beekeeping taster!
2019 GUERNSEY BEEKEEPING ASSOCIATION membership form can be printed out on this website - Please go to the 2019 MEMBERSHIP & COLONY REQUEST FORM Heading.
To help our bees and beekeepers on the island, we need a strong membership. PLEASE JOIN US!