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Beekeeping for Beginners Course 2018.
East Devon Branch of Devon Beekeepers’ Association

Full tuition, practical experience and mentor support to help you get started.

Course Coordinator: Richard Simpson, 07900 492 242, education@edbk.co.uk

The course will begin in the classroom, moving to outdoor practical experience once the weather permits. Meeting dates will be on Saturday mornings initially, starting with 10th February at 10am.  2 – 2½hr per session. Subsequent dates will be 17th Feb, 24th Feb, 3rd Mar, 10th Mar, 17th Mar then either Saturday 24th Mar or Sunday 25th Mar at your choice.

The venue will be at our new Apiary Building at Hunthay Farm, EX13 5RJ, between Kilmington and Axminster (see Maps).

The cost will be £95 which includes the initial course, plus:

  • A full twelve month programme of beekeeping events and tuition,
  • A colour text book to keep for future reference,
  • Membership of Devon Beekeepers and British Beekeepers Associations, with all their accompanying benefits including insurance and two regular beekeeping magazines.

There is a discounted rate of £45 for second members of the same household, if applicable, as they will not get another book or magazine copies.

The course is aimed at people with no, or very little, previous experience and is designed to enable you to take your first steps in beekeeping with the benefit of tuition and support.

In the first instance please contact the Course Coordinator, Richard Simpson, see details above.

The Beginners Course consists of approximately 14 hours of classroom tuition covering all the basic aspects of beekeeping, followed by summer sessions at the branch apiary. The course topics include:

  • Managing the bees’ nest during the colony lifecycle
  • Queen, Worker, Drone, division of labour, individual life cycles
  • Bees and man during recorded time
  • Present day hives & their components
  • The year’s work
  • Keeping healthy stock
  • Apiary Management. Swarms and swarm collection. Stings, Immunity & Anaphylaxis
  • Pollination and how bees forage
  • How do you start? Suitable sites, costs, clothing and equipment
  • Hive products. Honey, beeswax, propolis
  • Practicals: Tasting and trying samples. Cake judging. Honey tasting. Microscopy
  • Practicals: Making up frames. Building a hive from a kit

This will be followed by ‘hands on’ sessions in the Branch Apiary starting 7th April, weather permitting.

The 2017 honey cake competition prizewinners
Thanks to Kath West and Helen Bithrey for coming along to do the judging.

2017 Honey Cake Competition Entries
2017 Honey Cake Entries
Honey cake competition awards
1st Duncan Mackinder 2nd Justin Nuttall 3rd Paula Collingwood