Our learning programme is extensive:-.
- Beginners Part 1 course Autumn 2017
- Beginners Part 2 course Winter 2018
- Practical course Spring / Summer 2017
- Rent-a-hive programme.
- Beekeeping Microscopy (BBKA syllabus)
- Brymore Academy Bee Club - with whom we have a special relationship. We teach the boys in their Bee Club, also teach subjects (such as pollination) in the Horticulture curriculum. In return we use their Science Laboratory on Winter evenings
For new beekeepers the programme is in 3 parts. Part 1 in the Autumn, Part 2 in the beginning of the year and Part 3 (the practical sessions) which are timed to match the beekeeping season. There is also the (usual) Rent-a-hive programme where new members can have a nucleus of bees at the Apiary and nurture the bees to become a full colony during the year. Mentors are always in attendance to help with the tricky bits. The programme of the meetings is negotiated with the rent-a-hive coordinator. In 2016 we had 11 beekeepers in this scheme.
Our intention is that new beekeepers can learn at their own pace timed to the beekeeping year. At the end of the summer season, knowledge, practice and experience will lead to ownership of a colony of bees.
For the more experienced beekeeper there are sessions on