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BEGINNERS’ INTRODUCTION COURSE – Inside the Hive (In the Apiary)
April 23, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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
Tutors; KO, AS, CC, CS.