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Beginners’ Taster Course – 4
April 25, 2015 @ 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
(4) Saturday 25th April. 2.00 pm Tutors; KO, BH, MW, CC, CS.
Inside the Hive (In the Apiary)
Situation of the Apiary and the hives. Apiary hygiene. Apiary ‘etiquette’. Clothing and equipment. Attitude towards opening hives. Demonstration of bee space and the moveable frame hive principle. Identify the 3 castes of bees, honeycomb, pollen, open and capped brood, etc. Appearance of normal healthy brood & chilled brood. Foraging activity of bees. Organisation of the colony, division of labour, worker’s various tasks, dance communications, wax making & comb building, storing nectar & pollen. Identify nectar sources from pollen loads. Inspecting a colony, handling bees & record keeping. Temperament and productivity of different strains of bee. Marking Queens.
Question & Answer session on things covered.
High Weald membership / Booking on to the Main Course