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HWBKA Beginners’ Course – Session 3

April 10 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Session 3 - Saturday 10th of April (Slab Castle Apiary or in your / your tutor’s apiary)

  • Inside the hive - An introduction to live bees and handling them.
  • Situation of the Apiary and the hives.
  • Apiary hygiene.
  • Apiary 'etiquette', clothing, and equipment.
  • Attitude towards opening hives.
  • Demonstration of space and the moveable frame hive principle.
  • Identify the 3 castes of bees, honeycomb, pollen. Open and capped brood, etc.
  • Appearance of normal heathy & chilled brood.
  • Foraging activity of bees.
  • Organisation of the colony, division of labour, workers various tasks, dance communications. Wax making & comb
  • building, storing nectar & pollen, identify nectar sources from pollen loads. Inspecting a colony, handling & record keeping.
  • Temperament and productivity of different strains of bee.
  • Note marked Queens


April 10
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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