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An introduction to Beekeeping. Open to anyone who thinks they might be interested in keeping bees.

  • 6 indoor sessions held in Oswaldkirk Village Hall (YO62 5XZ) from 7- 9pm on Wednesdays  March 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th, April 5th and Thursday April 6th
  • Outdoor open-hive sessions will be arranged at the last indoor session
  • In addition participants are invited to attend all/any of RBKA’s 2017 indoor and outdoor meetings
  • The tutor will be Dr Rhona Sutherland with assistance from other Ryedale beekeepers
  • Price will be £40.00, including refreshments at the indoor sessions

If you are interested and want to know more about the course please contact Rhona by email: ryedalebees@btinternet.com.  To obtain a booking form please download one from the website (ryedalebees.co.uk) If you decide to come on the course this needs to be returned, with a cheque made payable to RBKA and posted to Rhona Sutherland at Orchard house, The Terrace,Oswaldkirk, YO625XZ by February 28th

Course Summary:

Session 1     Introduction to Bees; Origin and variety of Honeybees and other bees; The Colony; Anatomy and life cycle

Session 2    The Hive and Beekeeping equipment; History of Beekeeping; Structure of modern hives; Beekeeping Equipment

Session 3    The Beekeeping Year; Changes in the Colony through the year; Colony management and record keeping; Swarming and its control

Session 4    Pests and diseases; Healthy Bees . Possible Pests;  Brood diseases – Chalk brood, Foul Broods;  Adult bee diseases – Nosema, Acarine and Varroa; Possible future pests  – Small hive beetle and Asiatic Hornet

Session 5    Hive products; Sources of Pollen and Nectar; Honey Extraction; Microscopic observation of bees and pollen

Session 6    Practical session: Making up frames, Lighting smokers, Tasting honey; Next Steps – Organising Apiary sessions.  Discussing sources of equipment, help and information