A Beekeeping taster day


A great day if you are thinking about keeping bees, we will discuss beekeeping today, the apiary set up, why bees and other pollinators are so important, look at different types of hives and take a look inside a working beehive.

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    Available Dates

    6th April 2024
    15th June 2024
    28th September 2024


    One day: 9.30am - 4.30pm

    1. Introduction to bees and other pollinators. Learn about pollination, its importance and the role of the honeybees and other pollinators.
    2. The honeybee. Find out about the fascinating biology and behaviour of the honeybee.
    3. What is involved in keeping honeybees. Consider what equipment and space is needed to keep bees and the regular and seasonal activities involved.
    4. Products of the beehive. Hear how to harvest and process the bounty from the .
    5. A look inside a hive. Take a look inside a working beehive, see the colony structure; nest and honey stores and see how to identify the queen bee, workers and drones.
    6. Choosing your Beehives. Take a closer look at the most commonly used types of hive, seeing how they fit together and discuss the pros and cons of each before deciding to make any investments.

    What to Expect

    An informative and enjoyable day learning all about the Honeybees; how to help them in your garden and beyond.

    Where the bees and the weather allow, this day will include an inspection of a hive. A bee-suit will be provided.

    What to Bring

    Please bring a packed lunch. Refreshments will be provided, including a homemade cake.
    Parking is available at the entrance to our farm and our training room is just a short walk down our track.
    Bring yourself, confirmation of your booking, a notebook and any questions you may have.
    Bring gloves (washing-up type gloves are fine) and wellies/boots for the visit to the apiary.
    Please arrive 15 mins before the start of the course for a prompt start

    Cancellation Policy:

    To ensure all attendees get the best experience from their training we only run our courses in small groups.

    We therefore must operate with a strict cancellation policy:  Refunds (or booking transfers) are not given for cancellations made within 2 weeks of the course.  If a cancellation is made with more than 2 weeks notice but within 6 weeks of the course date, then we will try to re-sell your tickets, if we are successful then a refund will be issued for the full amount less a £10 administration fee.  If a cancellation is made with more than 6 weeks notice, then a full refund will be issued.

    Click here to view our Terms & Conditions or contact us for further details.

    Oliver St.John


    Oliver has been keeping bees for many years and was one of the first beekeepers in Sussex to pass the BBKA’s Honeybee Health assessment and is working his way through the other assessments and exams to hopefully one day become a Master Beekeeper.   An Army Instructor during his time in the British Army – he now teaches various beekeeping courses across the County as well as being the Education Coordinator for East Grinstead Beekeepers Association.

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