East Waterford Beekeepers Association

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2019 Introduction to Beekeeping Course

Introduction to Beekeeping Course

Date: Wednesday 20th & 27th March & 3rd April 2019
Time: 7 – 9pm each night.
Venue: The Roanmore GAA Centre, Cleaboy. Waterford. X91 EC92.

Fee: €80

The course fee of €80 covers the following:

  • Lectures x 3 (inclusive of practical demonstrations).
  • Visits to the Association Apiary x 4 for actual demonstrations in May/June/July/August.(Weather Permitting)
  • Membership of the EWBA and Federation of Irish Beekeepers until 31/12/19.
  • A copy of An Beachaire (the Irish Beekeeper’s Magazine) monthly until 31/12/2019.

To register for the course download the Membership Form in the Membership Tab on the Home page or you can email Anne Marie EWBA Secretary at waterfordbees@gmail.com for a form or phone 086-2064919 for further information.

This Course facilitates a hands-on approach right from the start.

The course comprises of 3 x 2hr sessions , covering the practical and theoretical aspects of the craft.

The course will cover subjects like:

The Hive and its Occupants
The Honey Bee Colony
What Bees Collect
The Hive and all its parts
Setting up an Apiary
Protective gear and Equipment necessary
Summer Management of Bees
Swarming
Harvesting Honey
Preparing bees for the Winter
Spring Management of Bees
Honey Bee Products
Bee Diseases and Treatment
Record Keeping
There will be practical components to the course e.g showing you an actual hive and all its parts and showing you how to make frames etc.

There will be at least 4 visits to the Association Apiary  from April – July where the real practical experience of opening hives, identifying the hive occupants,  handling bee frames, finding the Queen, seeing where nectar, pollen and honey is stored, doing hive inspections, becoming familiar with all hive parts and much more.