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Introduction to Beekeeping - 2 day workshop - Spring

Starts: Saturday 10 Mar 2018

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Time: 10am - 4pm

Duration: 2 days

Tutor: Peter Carter

Price: € 50.00


This is a 2 day workshop - Saturday, 10th March and Saturday, 14th April 2018.

This workshop was arranged following the success of the 'Beekeeping Information Evening' held at The Benwiskin Centre on 19th Sept 2017, facilitated by Peter Carter, Education Officer of the Sligo Leitrim Beekeepers Association.  The dates have changed slightly to those previously advertised as a result of the recent weather conditions. 

Due to the interest we have received, we plan to run this workshop again in October 2018 so we are currently taking expressions of interest for that so if you would like to reserve a place, you can either book it online by following this link and click on one of the buttons towards the bottom of the page or call us on 071 9176721.   

The workshop content will include:-
·         Wild woodland creatures
·         Ancient Egypt, stone-age man etc.
·         Ecology - if bees become extinct the human race would soon be too!
·         Bumble bees, honey bees and wasps (others too)
·         Honey bee - the differences
·         Honey bees colony - hierarchy, life cycle
·         Beekeeping year
The Hive
·         Structure/components. What happens and where (why).  Bee space
·         Starting up.....getting bees, when?  Care and monitoring
·         Equipment
·         Spring feeds, regular inspections, swarms, honey, winter
·         Types of hive
The Colony
       The Queen
        ·         Purpose
        ·         Life
        ·         Pheromones and control
        ·         Role (s)
        ·         Life...summer...winter
        ·         Role/purpose
        ·         Life
        ·         Mating

The Beekeeper
·         Inspections. Record keeping
·         Recognising, eggs, larvae and sealed brood
·         Swarms, prevention
·         Being responsible
·         Bee suits, boots, gloves etc.
Your Apiary
·         Siting.  Considering your neighbours and the public
·         Support
·         Insurance (joining club)
Queen rearing                                       
·         Life span of a Queen        
·         Replacing.  Different introduction cages
·         Marking and clipping methods       
·         Identifying and dealing with Queen-less hive
Bee Health 1
·         Diseases
Bee Health 2
·         Pests
Honey extraction
·         Hygiene
·         Storage
·         Bottling
·         Selling/regulations
·         Hive and frame construction
·         Stings and anaphylaxis
·         Practical, use of and lighting smoker
·         Opening hives
·         Ongoing plans support mentors
The fee for this workshop is €50 (see below with regard to the additional fee for insurance).  To secure your place, you are required to pay a deposit of €15 which you can pay by clicking here or call into the Centre during office hours Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm.  This fee includes the cost of a frame which you will construct during the workshop, a certificate and tea/coffee/biscuits for breaks.  (You are advised to bring a lunch with you both days and you will have access to the kitchen/dining room to make tea/coffee etc. for your lunch break).
Insurance and membership with Irish Beekeepers Association
All participants are required to have insurance to participate in this workshop.  The IBA have generously offered insurance and membership for €10 for the year.   This fee has to be paid directly to IBA prior to the workshop commencing so that you are covered to participate.  Please contact us for details.  

If you have any queries on any of the above, please do not hesitate to contact us on 071 9176721.


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Co Sligo

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