Beginners’ Course 2025

Start DateTuesday 11th February – 25th March 2025
VenueLlanfair Clydogau Village Hall SA48 8LD
Cost£85 single or £140 per couple
Prices include a year’s membership to LBKA and WBKA, and insurance for up to 3 colonies

This year’s programme

Week 1 – Life in the bee hive   

  • Understanding the life of the colony
  • Queen, workers and Drones
  • Life Cycles and Colony Development
  • The annual cycle of the colony
  • Communication and control in the
  • beehive

Week 2 – The Beekeepers Year

  • Seasonal Management and activities
  • The five questions
  • Siting Apiaries
  • Records
  • Handling techniques

Week 3: Getting down to basics 

  • Equipment
  • History of hives, bees and mankind
  • What it looks like, what you need
  • and what you do not
  • Buying bees and equipment
  • Making frames

Week 4 – Swarming

  • Planning for swarms
  • Simple Biology
  • Collecting swarms

Week 5 – Things that can go wrong

  • Diseases
  • Other problems, stings and first aid

WEEK 6

  • Apiary Session
  • Mentoring

PLUS

  • Practical sessions at the Apiary from the end of the course through the summer.

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