Session 1 Honey Bee, Honey Bee Colony & Hives
Session 2 Colony Inspection & Beekeeping Year
Session 3 Swarm Management & Control
Session 4 Bee Diseases, Treatments & Hygiene
Session 5 Bee Equipment & Swarm Control Demonstration
Session 6 Assembly of Hive Components & Frames
- You can expect to spend around £100 to £200 on a bee suit, smoker, hive tools, gloves etc, depending upon quality, just to get started. Much more on other bits and pieces.
- A top quality Western Red Cedar full hive and supers (which should last 40+ years) as a flat pack will set you back around £400, other cheaper options such as English Cedar or Pine are available for a bit less but will not last as long (pine will need treating with a bee friendly wood preserver). A poly hive and supers will set you back about £325 and will need painting.
- You are advised to have at least two hives going into winter which means much more kit.
- You can pay £100 - £200 for a starter colony of bees or wait for a swarm which is free (but may come with their own problems).
Please let me know if you are taking an exam and I will pass on your email to Jean, the Education Secretary for HBA who will email you an application form. Please use email@example.com.