2024 Course application

Canterbury Beekeepers (a branch of Kent Beekeepers Association) is pleased to offer a one day course on Sunday 14th April.  We will introduce beginners to the world of beekeeping, with a mix of  classroom and practical sessions spread over the day.  Our base will be Littlebourne Village Hall ,which is a 5min drive from our training apiary in Palmsted Wood, where we will give all course members an opportunity to open a beehive, and practice some basic beekeeping operations.

The Syllabus for the day will be based around the following schema

  • Session 1: Reasons for beekeeping, Identifying honeybee castes, life cycle of colony, yearly cycle of beekeeping
  • Session 2: beekeeping hardware- hives, frames and tools
  • Session 3: How to inspect a colony – safety, clothing, stings, what to look out for
  • Practical: approximately 60min practising inspection skills at our training apiary.  PPE and Beehives supplied
  • Session 4: Managing a colony – reproduction and swarming, diseases and pests.  Honey and wax production.

Provided that the weather is not too wet or cold, we’ll spend time in the apiary, so come dressed for a (short) walk in the woods – sturdy shoes, or better, wellie boots, long trousers.  Avoid wearing lots of perfume or aftershave.  We will provide beesuits, but if you can bring long-sleeved gloves – marigold type, or thinner surgeons’ gloves – that fit you snugly, that will make handling tools,and frames of bees easier for you.

The course will be run by a group of enthusiastic members of Canterbury Beekeepers:  Janet McDonald (secretary), Julian Audsley (committee), Adrian Davis (Chairman), David Cockburn (committee), Jan Soetaert, Andy King and Sue Clapson.

The cost of the course is £50/pp, which will include teas/coffees on the day, and a season’s friend membership of Canterbury Beekeepers.  Please bring your own packed lunch.  The numbers will be limited to 20 delegates.

To secure your place please pay £50 by bank transfer to:

  • Kent Beekeeepers Association
  • Sort code 30-91-60
  • Account number 00371771
  • Amount £50
  • Please mark your transfer with your surname/course0424  (e.g. Smith/Course0424).

  If you have any questions or queries about payment, please contact Janet McDonald at secretary@canterburybeekeepers.org.uk

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2024 beekeeping course, Sunday April 14th

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  • Canterbury Beekeepers are geographically spread out, and getting to know beekeepers close to you is a good way to accelerate your learning. We have neighbourhood groups that supplement the regular branch meetings. Any friend of the branch is welcome to join these informal gatherings. To put you in contact, we need your permission to share some of your personal information.
  • As part of the course, we will invite you to meet a colony of bees. Of course, we will provide you with appropriate protective equipment, but you do need to acknowledge that there is a small chance of stings. For a very small number of people, there is a potential for anaphylactic shock if they were to get stung. If you know this applies to you, we need to know ahead of time. Before entering the apiary, we will ask you to sign a disclaimer about the hazards of stings. The document is Branch-Apiary-Attendance-Register-Statement-of-Terms-and-Conditions. We will ask you to read it and sign an acknowledgement on the day).
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