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Beginners’ Taster Course – 5
May 10, 2015 @ 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm
(5) Sunday 10th May. 2.00 pm Tutors; KO, CC, HH, CS.
Inspecting the colony; (In the Apiary)
Handling the Bees. Record keeping.
Natural instinct of bees to swarm. Queens & queen substance.
Swarm prevention; - early signs & reasons for swarming, how to reduce the risk of losing swarms.
Swarm control – one basic method; artificial swarm – NBU method
When things go wrong; Signs of queenlessness / failing queen. Recognition of a drone-laying queen & laying workers.
Bee diseases. Pest & disease management.
Assessing natural mite drop counts and the need for varroa and nosema controls.
Question & Answer session
Booking for the Main Course
High Weald Beekeepers Association membership