Date: Sun 04 Mar 2012
Time: 14:00 pm - 17:00 pm
Location: Clevedon, North Somerset
Rating: 12 reviews
About the course
Wheelchair Access: No
Dog Friendly: No
Child Friendly: Yes
A taster course for those interested in keeping bees.. Sessions available approximately every 6 weeks.
We will give an overview of the essentials of beekeeping and how you get started. The afternoon will cover a variety of topics so you can see what is involved in beekeeping:
- nature and structure of the colony
- equipment, hives, including Beehaus
- management throughout the year, including swarm control
- pests and diseases
- training, help and local organisations
- where to go from here
We will also look at one of Stephen's apiaries.
Homemade tea and cake provided! Why not give a course as a present? Book a course on behalf of someone and we can send a personalised invitation card!
We also run "Beekeeper for the Day" experience days. Contact us for details!
Stephen has kept bees for 23 years and is past President of Blagdon Branch of Avon Beekeepers. He is holder of the Briitish Beekeeping Association (BBKA) Advanced Theory Certificate with Credit, and also holds the BBKA Certificate in General Husbandry.
He is a key member of the Branch teaching programme. He teaches at the local beekeeping introduction classes, novice courses and practical apiary sessions for new members. He is also a BBKA correspondence course tutor and BBKA Assessor.
Stephen is a member of the branch swarm collection team and is currently instituting a bee breeding programme. He believes that new beekeepers should be given opportunities to receive first class training and mentoring so that they can develop into proficient beekeepers.
Stephen's long beekeeping career is a part of his smallholding here in North Somerset and the courses will be held on his own holding. Stephen believes in giving all potential beekeepers hands on experience with bees and not just theoretical knowledge. His Beekeeping for the Day courses will contain opportunities for you to meet his bees and gain experience in a practical environment. Stephen also offers other services such as personal mentoring, hive inspection and swarm collection, He can (subject to availability) provide colonies for sale. Stephen also helps runs a Bed and Breakfast so you could always combine attending a course with a stay at the award-winning Limes Bed and Breakfast ! (www.limesbb.co.uk)!