Keeping a colony of bees is a commitment that requires not only knowledge of the basics but also hands-on training with handling and managing bee stocks. The Oxleas Wood Apiary Introduction to Beekeeping course provides the essential first steps enabling the would-be beekeeper to safely and responsibly move on to acquiring his or her first colony of honeybees for the following 2016 beekeeping season. The course includes both fully illustrated theoretical, practical and hands-on elements, covering the basic theory and equipment required, the life cycle of the honeybee, and the work involved over the beekeeping season, including at least two additional sessions working with the hives in the Oxleas Wood Apiary. The 8 week Introduction to Beekeeping evening course, which includes 2 separate weekend Apiary Days in the Oxleas Wood Apiary, costs £160.00 inclusive and commences with the first evening session on 29 April, weekly thereafter until 17 June 2015.
The Apiary Days provide ‘hands-on’ experience with bee stocks in the Oxleas Wood Apiary. Under the close supervision of an experienced apiarist, a small group of would-be beekeepers, or those simply inquisitive to experience first hand the wonderful world of honeybees, will open up hives and examine the bee colonies at first hand. Working afternoon sessions (weekends 1.00 to 5.00pm) are available at three distinctive times of the beekeeping season to cover the preparations for swarming and Queen raising, colony management and the honey harvest - protective beesuits and gloves are provided within the inclusive cost of £40.00 per Apiary Day.
The Introduction to Beekeeping course and Apiary Days are not suitable for younger children - if required special arrangements can be laid on for children, including participation in field bee studies and experiments, including a glimpse inside a working bee colony via a fully stocked observation hive.
Here you can download the brochure giving full details of the comprehensive Introduction to Beekeeping course and 'hands-on' Apiary Days - you can print out the brochure and send the completed Registration Form to us OR you can enrol online by clicking the yellow Post-It image below.