Due to the success of the 'Beekeeping Information Evening' held at The Benwiskin Centre last Autumn and the interest expressed by people looking to do a course in beekeeping, Peter Carter, Education Officer of the Sligo Leitrim Beekeepers Association very kindly offered to run a 2 day course. A course was arranged for March 2018 but places went very quickly so Peter has kindly offered to run a second course around Oct/Nov 2018. So at this stage, we are taking expressions of interest. Participants are required to have insurance to participate in the course, which is referred to below..
The course 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
· Bee keeping year
· Structure/components. What happens and where (why). Bee space
· Starting up.....getting bees, when? Care and monitoring
· Spring feeds, regular inspections, swarms, honey, Winter
· Types of hive
· Pheromones and control
· Role (s)
· Inspections. Record keeping
· Recognising, eggs, larvae and sealed brood
· Swarms, prevention
· Being responsible
· Bee suits, boots, gloves etc.
· Siting. Considering your neighbours and the public
· Insurance (joining club)
· Life span of a Queen
· Replacing. Different introduction cages
· Marking and clipping methods
· Identifying and dealing with Queen-less hive
Bee Health 1
Bee Health 2
· Hive and frame construction
· Stings and anaphylaxis
· Practical, use of and lighting smoker
· Opening hives
· Ongoing plans support mentors
As there has been great interest in this course, we have full numbers so we plan to run this course again later in the year around October/November time so we are currently taking expression of interest, so if you would like to reserve a place, please call us on 071 9176721.
The fee for this course 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 course, 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 course. 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 course commencing so that you are covered to participate in the course. 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.