Beekeeping for Beginners: Theory / Practical

Beekeeping Course Lancaster

Beekeeping for beginners – theory sessions (B).

The theory course runs over the autumn and winter with sessions in October, November, February and March. There are no entry requirements for the theory course and the presentations are shared with the candidates at the end of each session.

The course looks at the bees themselves, the beekeeping year, the swarming process and its management, pests and diseases, IPM as well as the process of honey production and supplemental feeding, each session being approximately 2.5 hours with refreshments, usually including cake, provided. Designed to complement the basic examination syllabus and provide a good foundation of knowledge that can then be applied and built on during the practical course.

October 29th 2016 21st 2017
November 19th 2016 18th 2017
February 18th 2017 17th 2018
March 18th 2017 17th 2018

There are no entry requirements for the theory course. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a fee-paying adult. The course is held at Farm Gate Vets, Rural Auction Centre, Crooklands which provides us with a warm purpose built training facility.

Cost of the Beekeeping for beginners – theory course is £50.

A copy of the training material is provided to each candidate after the session along with a certificate of attendance at the end of the course.

Beekeeping for beginners – practical course (B)

For those who have completed the theory course as this is where they start to apply their knowledge. Bee-suits will be made available to those on the course for its duration but individuals will need to provide their own suitable footwear (wellington boots or similar) Held during the spring and summer when the hives can be opened we will open the hive every moth to see how the colony has developed and understand the lifecycle of this super-organism. This provides the candidates a chance to experience the whole of the beekeeping season, applying the theory the have already learnt and building their experience and confidence with the bees. Practical procedures will be explained, demonstrated and then undertaken working both with the bees and within the apiary.

April 1st 2017 14th 2018
May 13th 2017 12th 2018
June 17th 2017 16th 2018
July 22nd 2017 14th 2018
August 19th 2017 18th 2018

On completion of the course each candidate will receive a certificate of attendance.

Candidates must have completed the Beekeeping for Beginners – theory course before undertaking the practical sessions. Children under the age of 16 must be confirmed with us beforehand to ensure that a child sized bee-suit is available for them and accompanied by a fee-paying adult.

This course takes place at our training apiary at Yealand Conyers.

Cost of the Beekeeping for Beginners – practical course is £50. A copy of the training material is provided to each candidate at the end of each session.