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Beginners Course 2019

The Beginners course always proves to be very popular and will run from 5th March to 2nd April 2019 at Pitcairngreen Village Hall.  Cost for the course is £40.00 which includes four weeks of theory and hands-on sessions in our own Apiaries.

The course is now fully subscribed but if you would like to add your name to the waiting list then please send an email to info@perthanddistrictbeekeepers.co.uk .

Course outline below:

FIRST SESSION
So you want to be a bee keeper: general responsibilities, hive location, costs to set up
The Honey Bee: Castes – differences, types of bees, annual cycle
SECOND SESSION
Inside the Hive: Bee Space, Hive Types, Components/Frame building, how bees use the hive
Protective Clothing & Tools
THIRD SESSION
Working with Bees: Inspections, What is normal, Record Cards
The Swarm: The biology of swarming, Swarm prevention, Swarm control
FORTH SESSION
Pests and Diseases: Pests, Brood Disease, Disease of Adults, Notifiable Diseases – Plan of Action
Biosecurity and Environmental problems
THE FUTURE
Planning for beesSourcing bees and gaining hands-on experience
Mentors and support