Do you like honey on your toast?
Could you use some extra help in the garden pollinating your plants?
Are you interested in close encounters of the insect kind?

Bath Beekeepers are running a series of  8 evening classes from February 6th for anyone who would like to find out more about keeping honeybees.If you fancy the idea of having a hive of bees but are unsure if you have enough room in the garden come along and find out.

We will be covering subjects such as the life cycle of the colony, plants and trees in our area which are sources of pollen and nectar, as well as how to manage a hive throughout the year, equipment needed and the costs involved

Following the course there will be opportunities for practical work at the Bath Beekeepers teaching apiary as the bees start flying in the warmer weather

Where St Lukes Church Hall. Wellesway, Bath
When 7.30pm Tuesday February 6th for 8 weeks
Cost 15

For further information phone Lyn Sykes. Tel 01225 874035 To book your place please return slip below.

1 would like to register for the Beekeeping Class starting 6.2.01

Name:  _________________________________

Address: ________________________________________________


Phone No: _______________________________________

Please enclose payment of 15 (10 for members of Bath BKA) and send to Lyn Sykes, 5 Mill Cottages, The Shallows, Saltford, Bristol BS31 3EY

Bath Beekeepers Class for beginners and improvers.

Feb/March 2001.Tuesday evenings at St Lukes' Church Hall, Bear Flat, 7.30-9.30pm

Session 1. 6.2.01 Lyn Sykes and David Robertson Introduction to beekeeping. BMA, Avon and Bath BK. Bath teaching apiary. What is a honeybee? Costs involved in setting up. Sources of bees and equipment. Stings and first aid.

Session 2. 13.2.01 Peter Fear and Lyn Sykes About the bees. The lifecycle of the colony and biology of the bee. Recognition and function of queen, worker and drone. An overview of the years work in the apiary.

Session 3. 20.2.01 David Robertson and Terry Hardy A look at the equipment required. Concept of bee space. Different types of hive. Parts of the hive. Assembling frames. New v secondhand equipment.

Session 4. 27.2.01 Lyn Sykes and Peter Fear Siting an apiary. Principles of handling bees. Use of smoker. Opening up the hive.

Session 5. 6.3.01 Pat Rich and Lyn Sykes Bee health. Detection of disease. Treatments. Prevention of pests. Notifiable diseases and where to seek help. Identifying queenless colonies and laying workers. Storing combs.

Session 6. 13.3.01 David Atkins and Terry Hardy Dealing with swarms. Swarm prevention. Supering and timing of operations. Identify queen cells. An account of one method of swarm control in detail. Collecting and hiving a swarm. Uniting colonies.

Session 7. 20.3.01 Lyn Sykes and Bob Needs Bee forage and plants in our area. The honey season. How nectar is collected and converted into honey. Extracting, bottling and labelling honey. Harvesting beeswax.

Session 8. 27.3.01 Everyone Lyn- Winter preparations -by the bees and the beekeeper. Preparation of syrup. Types of feeder. Avoiding robbing.
Everyone- Open forum Q and A session.
Discuss follow up meetings at the apiary.

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